By Danladi Alhassan
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), have rejected the outcome of the March 9 Gubernatorial elections poll in Nasarawa State just as hoodlums numbering over 200, Thursday, went on rampage in Karu Local Council and vandalized property estimated at millions of Naira.
The irate mob was alleged to be protesting against last Saturday’s governorship election results released by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
Francis Orogu, the Nasarawa State Chairman of PDP, said his party rejected the result of the governorship poll because the election was a total fraud and has fallen short of the minimum standard of a credible election anywhere in the world.
“The results were fabricated in connivance with INEC and the security agencies. Even when our agents complained about the irregularities and cancellation of results during the collation, nobody listened to them with the view of addressing them,” Orogu said.
Similarly, the Nasarawa State Governorship Candidate of the APGA, Labaran Maku, is saying the same thing. Maku said the figures announced by INEC are pre-election figures written earlier.
“APGA rejects the result because it is fictitious, fraudulent and unacceptable and does not reflect the will of the people.
“The election was preceded by widespread reports of illegal thump0printing and stuffing of ballot boxes on private farms, residence of some government functionaries in preparation for votes allocation to parties including APGA.
“State institutions including the military and other security agents were coerced to give cover to the criminal act orchestrated by APC. Other reasons the party gave for the rejection of the result was the multiple cancellation of votes, polling units and wards.
“Before the elections all we were hearing was governor by all means whether you like it or not you can go to court,’’ said Maku
He claimed that he called the attention of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agents to the planned rigging as the party had some privileged information, but nothing was done.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties called on their supporters to be law abiding as the parties would reclaim the mandate through lawful means. However, the plea for calm was not heeded by as hoodlums, alleged to be reacting to the outcome of the last Saturday’s Governorship election, attacked Karu Local Council of Nasarawa secretariat that was renovated recently, destroyed doors, shattered glass windows, toilet fittings, furniture, and vehicle belonging to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), skill acquisition centre and other government properties.
Governor Umaru Almakura who visited the scene to ascertain the damage done to the public property, described the action of the attackers as unfortunate. He said those whose stock in trade is to foment trouble in the state should have a rethink as the government would not continue to fold its arms and watch government property and lives of the citizens being threatened.
Also, the traditional ruler of Karu, Esu Karu, HRH, Luka Panya Baba who visited the local council secretariat to see the extent of damage, and to commiserate with the council chairman, Samuel Akala, described the incident as sad.
“It is sad for the youths to take the law into their hands to this extent. They must avoid breaching the law and peace of the country. I condemn the destruction of the newly renovated Karu Local Government secretariat complex by these hoodlums over the outcome of Saturday’s polls, This act is very sad. I am appealing for tolerance as development is better than chaos,” the monarch said.