BREAKING: Labour Party chairman fumes, says INEC officials manipulating and manufacturing results

The Labour Party has cried foul citing manipulation and manufacturing of results by INEC officials in states across the country particularly Lagos, Edo, Rivers, and Imo.

The party chairman Julius Abure at a press briefing at the party headquarters in Abuja, on Sunday, February 26, 2023, also decries the violence meted out on Labour Party supporters.

The party called on INEC to cancel the presidential results which they describe as manufactured in parts of the country particularly Rivers State.

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They asked President Muhammadu Buhari to keep his word of ensuring the 2023 elections are free fair and credible.

The party also stated that they will only accept true results obtained at the polling units.

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Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has blamed technical hitches for the delay in uploading most results of the general election to the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV).

A statement issued on Sunday, by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye (Esq), assured Nigerians that results from the polling units, copies of which were issued to political parties, are safe on both the BVAS and the IReV portal and cannot be tampered with.

He noted that unlike in off-season elections where the portal was used, it has been relatively slow and unsteady.

Okoye stressed that the Commission regretted the setback, especially because of the importance of IReV in its results management process.

He said: “The problem is totally due to technical hitches related to scaling up the IReV from a platform for managing off-season, State elections, to one for managing nationwide general elections. It is indeed not unusual for glitches to occur and be corrected in such situations.

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“Consequently, the Commission wishes to assure Nigerians that the challenges are not due to any intrusion or sabotage of our systems, and that the IReV remains well-secured.”

The electoral body assured that its technical team was working assiduously to solve all the outstanding problems, adding that the users of the IReV would have noticed improvements since last night.

It added: “We also wish to assure Nigerians that results from the Polling Units, copies of which were issued to political parties, are safe on both the BVAS and the IReV portal.

“These results cannot be tampered with and any discrepancy between them and the physical results used in collation will be thoroughly investigated and remediated, in line with Section 65 of the Electoral Act 2022.”

The commission said while it fully appreciated the concerns of the public on this situation and welcomed various suggestions that it had received from concerned Nigerians, it was important to avoid statements and actions that could heat up the polity at this time or promote disaffection towards the Commission.

INEC further said it accepted full responsibility for the problems and regretted the distress that they have caused the candidates, political parties and the electorate.

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