Guber polls: Maku kicks as Wike dislodges APC in Rivers




Labaran Maku
Labaran Maku

A former Minister of Information and Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa state, Labaran Maku has rejected the outcome of Saturday’s election in the state.
He described the election as a coup against the people, assuring that he would unfold next plan after wide consultations.
The incumbent Governor Umar Al-makura of the APC won the election, closely followed by Maku, while the PDP candidate, Yusuf Agabi, came third.
Maku had this to say about the election, “The system was deployed against me by powerful forces to achieve a long term objective of keeping our state in serfdom.
“I therefore totally condemn and reject the outcome of the electoral coup in Nasarawa State and after full consultations with stakeholders at all levels, will very soon come up with a definite path for the actualization of the struggle for justice, liberty and peace for the broken tribes of Nasarawa State.
“The outcome of the election results is unacceptable. This is because there were of the widespread , conspiracy and collusion between , the , the military and the Al-Makura Regime, which led to criminal and large-scale rigging of the vote to impose Tanko Al-Makura on the people of Nasarawa State.
“What happened in Nasarawa does not qualify to be called an election. It was an electoral coup executed by the and the security chiefs in Nasarawa State purely for ethno-religious reasons.
“I did not lose the gubernatorial election to Al-Makura of APC. This was rather due to and security agencies who obviously and completely colluded and aligned with the APC to disrupt the electoral process and allocate votes across constituencies to the APC regime in Nasarawa State.
“From the process of materials distribution and appointment of Adhoc electoral staff and even the posting of INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner to Nasarawa State, it was clear that the agenda was to massively rig the votes in Nasarawa State for Al-Makura to continue in power. Most of the INEC Adhoc staff were either core APC members or sympathizers. The rest were bought over by the regime.
“The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner ensured that materials were delivered mainly to places where APC would have the opportunity to rig. All the places dominated by APGA either suffered shortage of electoral materials or were supplied card readers programmed to fail.
“The system was deployed against me by powerful forces to achieve a long term objective of keeping our state in serfdom.
“I therefore totally condemn and reject the outcome of the electoral coup in Nasarawa State and after full consultations with stakeholders at all levels, will very soon come up with a definite path for the actualization of the struggle for justice, liberty and peace for the broken tribes of Nasarawa State.”
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission has declared a former Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, winner of Rivers State .
Wike, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Saturday’s defeated his arch rival and All Progressives Congress candidate, Dakuku Peterside.
The PDP candidate polled 1,029,102, votes while Peterside scored 124,896 votes.

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