Prof. Johnson Urama, the Returning Officer for the governorship election in Kogi State, warned on Sunday to use his statutory powers to remove the Secretary of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, from the collation centre.
This warning was made in relation to the election that took place on Saturday.
After the SDP official questioned the findings from Okene Local Government Area (LGA), which had just been read out, Urama gave the warning.
“I was under the impression that each party could only have one party agent… The person in charge of tallying votes said that “there is somebody representing your party here.”
The official of the party claimed that even if his colleague had already talked, he had “observed something that he probably has not seen”
He said that the figures that were read out were “a doctored result” and that the party has been aware of the results “since yesterday.” He said that the figures had been “doctored.”
In addition, the person representing the SDP asserted that the results could be viewed on the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV).
“I need an explanation as to why the result was different this time. Why should we now go back and modify the result? “Up until this point in time, my party has been subjected to manipulation,” he stated.
On the other hand, Urama insisted that the official from the SDP was not permitted to speak and that he ran the possibility of being ejected.
“Secretary of the Social Democratic Party, you are aware that I have the authority to remove anyone who is attempting to disrupt this. Don’t force me to use those powers; I’d rather not. “You have a representative here, and he has already made his remarks,” the returning officer remarked.
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