The opposition has challenged the announcement by the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) on Sunday that the All Progressive Congress (APC), had won all the 23 local government chairmanship seats and councilorship positions in the elections held on Saturday.
This is more so as BSIEC chairman John Tsuwa who declared the results in Makurdi, however, declined to release details of votes scored by the candidates.
He told journalists “The figures are not ready. I will not entertain questions because this is not a press conference.”
Tsuwa said that eight political parties participated in the exercise and listed them to include Accord Party, APC, PDP, SDP, ACB, PPP, LP and NNPP.
In a swift reaction, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), umbrella organization of all registered political parties and associations in Nigeria, said it has rejected the process and whatever is the outcome of the Saturday’s local government election in the Benue State, describing it an “unprecedented rape of democracy and rubbishing of every tenet of free, fair and credible election at the local government level”.
The CNPP in a statement by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, while demanding for its cancellation, observed that “the process was tailored by the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) and the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) and Governor Samuel Ortom to produce APC Chairmen in the state irrespective of the people’s choice.
“The voters apathy marred the election in all 23 Local Government Areas of Benue State on Saturday, which resulted in low turnout of voters across the state clearly indicate that the people rejected the process and a remarkable statement that the election outcome is a fraud.
“We, therefore, call on the National Assembly, the international community and all well-meaning Nigerians to take note of the unprecedented rape of democracy and rubbishing of every tenet of free, fair and credible election at the local government level through electoral process manipulation by the Governor Samuel Ortom led administration.
“For us, no election took place in Benue on Saturday and we demand immediate cancellation of the election”, the CNPP stated.