The opposition Labour Party, Peoples Democratic Party and African Democratic Congress have demanded the cancellation of the 2023 elections and conduct of fresh polls in line with laid down principles.
In an ongoing press briefing, Chairman of the Labour party, Julius Abure who spoke on behalf of others also asked the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmud Yakubu to step aside.
“We are therefore constrained on this development to state that INEC compromised the integrity of this elections even before collation commenced at the polling units.
“Section 60 sub-section 5 of the Electoral Act says that the presiding officer shall transfer the results, including total number of accredited voter and the results of the ballots in a manner as prescribed by the commission.
“A failure to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the guidelines makes it imperative that all results recently uploaded on the IReV portal must be updated before they are announced.
“INEC went back on that promise…This election is not free and far from being fair and transparent.”
“We shall not be part of the electoral process currently going on at the National Collation Centre and we demand that this sham of an election be immediately cancelled.
“We also call for a fresh election to be carried out in accordance to the laid down INEC procedure.”
“We therefore call on Yakubu to step aside from his role,” the LP National Chairman, Julius Abure, who delivered the position of the three opposition parties, said.
The parties noted that the election process has been compromised and demanded the conduct of fresh elections within the period stipulated by INEC.
The press briefing was attended by the PDP Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and ADC Chairman, Ralph Nwosu.