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I’m not resigning; you may go to court – INEC chair tells off LP, PDP


Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party have called for the resignation of the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu.

Both parties made the call at a joint press conference by their vice presidential candidates in Abuja on Tuesday. They also demanded the cancellation of the presidential election results announced by INEC in Abuja.

However, in a swift response, INEC dismissed the calls, saying Yakubu would not resign and that aggrieved persons should channel their grievances according to the electoral laws.

It would be recalled that agents of the PDP and the LP walked out of the national collation centre in Abuja on Monday when the INEC chairman insisted the process would continue even though the commission had yet to upload the results of all polling units on the INEC online portal, IReV.

On Tuesday, at a joint press conference, the PDP and LP called on the electoral commission to suspend the ongoing collation of results and cancel the elections.

They accused the commission of compromise and asked Yakubu to step down from his position as the chief of the electoral umpire for another person to conduct the elections.

But Oyekanmi said there are procedures for addressing grievances and that asking the chairman to step down is not one of them.

In a short statement, he said the call for the INEC Chairman’s resignation was misplaced.

He also dismissed allegations that the INEC Chairman allocated scores to parties, saying it is unfounded and irresponsible.

“At the same time, contrary to the insinuation by both parties, results emanating from the states point to a free, fair and credible process,” he said.

“There are laid down procedures for aggrieved parties or candidates to follow when they are dissatisfied about the outcome of an election. Such procedures do not include calling on the INEC Chairman to resign or for the election to be cancelled.

“To be sure, aggrieved parties are free to approach the courts to ventilate their concerns and wait for the matter to be resolved. Making inciting comments capable of causing violence or unrest is unacceptable.

“The 2023 General Election processes are in their final stages of completion. It is only fair for aggrieved parties to allow the conclusion of the process and approach the courts with their evidence to pursue their cases.”

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