A mild drama has played out at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Monday between Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Dino Melaye.
At the resumed collation of the February 25 presidential election results for the second day, Dino contested some of the results and also queried the process of collation.
Melaye, an agent of the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, caused a stir when he fiercely insisted that the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu must not accept the results of Ekiti, alleging that there were incidents of over voting and electoral irregularities.
Yakubu, at first, entertained Melaye’s complaints but the former lawmaker sprang up and demanded that the presentation of results by state collation officers for the presidential election (SCOPs) did not in any way translate to the declaration of results by INEC.
Melaye also said the results presented at the national collation centre weren’t uploaded on the commission’s Results Viewing Portal (IReV). He was immediately supported by other party agents.
The INEC chairman, however, overruled Melaye and ratified the result presented by the SCOPs for Kwara and asked those of Ondo and Osun to proceed with their results.
However, Melaye left his seat, stormed the arena right before the INEC chairman and ranted that the results presented by the SCOPs won’t be accepted by his party.
“You are being disruptive,” Mahmood instantly cautioned Melaye and announced a one-hour break.
Many party leaders have bitterly complained that INEC officials at the polling units were unable to upload election results to the IReV. The IReV and the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) are new technologies introduced by the electoral body for the accreditation and electronic transmission of votes for this year’s polls.
Elections for the office of the President, 360 House of Representatives and 109 Senatorial seats were held in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday and Nigerians expect the declaration of results by the electoral umpire.