Labour Party accuses PDP, APC of plans to upturn Ireti Kingibe’s victory
The Labour Party has alleged that some opposition parties are pressurising the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to upturn the victory of its FCT senate candidate, Ireti Kingibe, in their favour.
Peter Diugwu, the FCT LP chairman, said this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
He alleged that the parties were frequenting the FCT office of INEC to change the result, which had already been announced, and certificates of return issued.
“We are asking INEC not to yield to their quest or to act funny by going behind to tamper with the results announced.
“We are advising INEC to do the needful and leave the Labour Party candidates as the winners.
“We have confidence in the FCT INEC, and we know they won’t act funny,” he said.
Ms Kingibe, who had defeated three-term Senator Taminu Aduda of PDP in a landslide to win the FCT seat, had alleged manipulation after INEC cancelled the results in the area council for overvoting.
However, Mr Diugwu lauded the FCT residents for coming out en mass to vote for LP candidates in the February 25 presidential and National Assembly Election.
He said the support from FCT residents showed they believed in the party’s dream of moving Nigeria from a consumption economy to a production economy.
“Our candidate, Ireti Kingibe, won the senatorial seat and other LP candidates, although some were rigged out,” he said.
Mr Diugwu said the LP was not in any form of alliance with other parties on Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections, urging its candidates in the states to stand strong as God would help them to win.
He called on the party’s supporters nationwide, especially the ‘obidents’, to vote for LP from top to bottom and prove to people that the party had grassroots influence.