The federal government said move by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to undertake parallel collation with the Independent Electoral Commission is a ploy to rig the election.
The campaign spokesman and chairman of PDP Strategy Committee, Osita Chidoka, at a press conference said the party had put in place a Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) system to collate results with 40 million of its members deployed for the task.
Reacting to the move, Information, Culture & Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed hit out at it, saying PDP’s motive for creating alleged parallel electoral umpire was to cause chaos and discredit the election.
“The PDP has been building up to this crescendo all along. The party has consistently attacked the two institutions that are pivotal to the elections: the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police. The strategy is aimed at eroding the credibility of the two key institutions as a prelude to discrediting the elections. We warned about this, and we have now been vindicated.
“At this stage, we believe that INEC is the only body that has the statutory role of collating and announcing the results of national elections. Any attempt by any individual or organisation to usurp this role is a recipe for chaos.
“We are, therefore, using this occasion to warn the PDP that there will be dire consequences, should it proceed with its plan to usurp the role of INEC. We call on the security agencies to ensure the sanctity of the polls by providing a safe and secure environment for Nigerians to cast their votes.
“We also appeal to Nigerians to feel free to exercise their franchise without fear. We also wish to alert the international community to the evil plans by the PDP, which has been threatening fire and brimstone, if its candidate fails to win on Saturday. We want to remind all Nigerians that the country’s unity and survival are more important than the ambition of any candidate,” the minister told newsmen in Ilorin.