Two agents of the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, have stormed out of the National Collation Centre for the presidential election results at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
Former Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye; and a former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha; staged a walkout on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, over dissatisfaction on the process of the collation of results from state collation officers for the presidential election.
Melaye, Ihedioha as well as the agents of the Labour Party and others had complained that the results presented by INEC were not uploaded on the commission’s Results Viewing Portal (IReV), as repeatedly promised by the electoral umpire before the February 25 presidential poll.
Melaye argued strongly that without the upload of results electronically on IReV, this year’s election is not in any way different from the manual transmission of results done in 2015.
Melaye and others fiercely insisted that the INEC Chairman must not accept the results of Ekiti, alleging that there were incidents of over voting and electoral irregularities. They contended that the collation of results at the centre is at variance with provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and that they do not believe in the results presented by the SCOPs.
However, the INEC chairman maintained that there was no over voting in Ekiti and that the results presented by the SCOPs stand. Yakubu also said the process must continue.
In reaction, Melaye, Ihedioha and others stormed out of the national collation centre.
Before the break, Mahmood had cautioned Melaye not to be “disruptive” of the collation process at the insistence of the PDP chieftain that the results announced by the SCOPs should first have been uploaded on IReV for transparency and accountability.