Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) scored some political parties zero votes to favour the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 elections.
The body said it believed INEC did that to undermine the prospects of the “Third Force” political group, which was established in 2018 to present Nigerian voters an alternative to the APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
But the proposal failed as the other parties challenged the top two, APC and PDP, on their own and performed woefully.
However, the NIM, according to a statement signed by its spokesperson, Debo Adeniyi, said it would embark on a nationwide protest against the alleged manipulation of votes.
According to Adeniyi, the protest would be led by former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olisa Agbakoba (SAN).
”From the reports of our allied field vigilantes, credible news media and some INEC officials, it is abundantly clear that there was strategic collusion among state agents, political gladiators and some unscrupulous officials of INEC to subvert the will of the electorate by manipulating, doctoring, concocting, manufacturing and allocating imaginary votes and figures to parties, contrary to the actual votes cast in the various constituencies where elections were held or even were not held during the presidential election in Nigeria,” the statement read.
”It is also quite worrisome to note that the pattern of votes allocations and contortions of figures in the elections has been very ridiculous in most cases; as parties without any presence and serious membership but sympathetic to the ruling government in most states have been allocated votes higher than established third force parties with visible structures and membership, which were viciously allotted zero votes.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, who vied for re-election on the platform of APC, polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat PDP’s Atiku, who got 11,262,978 votes.
But the PDP candidate has since rejected the result of the election, claiming it was manipulated.