The Peoples Democratic Party, Kogi State chapter, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress bribed a youth corps member N1,000,000 to rig the governorship election.
This was made known by the Secretary of the Kogi State PDP, Rt. Hon. George Daika, while addressing the media in Abuja on Saturday.
He listed several irregularities that marred the electoral process to include preloaded BVAS in certain areas as well as the distribution of NYSC and Police uniforms to civilians to influence the outcome in favour of the APC.
The party scribe pointed to alarming incidents where election results surfaced before polling units opened, with some Independent National Electoral Commission agents found possessing pre-written election results.
He added that the election’s collation process was disorderly and unreliable, claiming that result sheets were altered, inflated, and pre-recorded before voting concluded.
Daika said, “Our fears were confirmed last Saturday when, before the governorship election commenced at the polling units, results of yet-to-be-held elections found their way to the public space.
“Some agents of INEC were also found with already written results of elections that were yet to be held.
“We, however, found it incredulous that the anomalies above notwithstanding, the State Gubernatorial Returning Officer, after seeing clear evidence of over-voting and reports of electoral fraud, declared Usman Ahmed Ododo of the APC as elected with some conjured votes which is totally different from the number of accredited voters among other factors.
“There were cases of overvoting in 17 out of the 21 LGAs in the state. There is clear evidence to back this up.
“We have cases where the total number of votes was more than the total number of PVCs collected, yet INEC claimed that they conducted credible elections. We had cases where huge sums of money were seen with INEC officials at the polling units.
“A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member was seen with a cash of one million naira, which reports claimed to have been given to him by agents of the APC just for the sake of election manipulation.
“We are aware of INEC’s fraudulent means of doctoring and continuously inflating numbers just to favour APC.”