A spokesman for Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) of colluding with security agencies in deciding last Saturday’s gubernatorial elections in some PDP strongholds in favor of the All Progressives Congress Party (APC). Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary of the PDP, said INEC officials and security agencies aided APC supporters in Abia, Imo, Plateau, and Zamfara states. Election commission officials were not immediately available for comment. Of the results announced so far, the APC has won 21 of Nigeria’s 36 states to 12 for the PDP. The results in Abia and Imo states have been declared inclusive.
“There’s been overzealousness on the part of the security agencies in Nigeria and the INEC officials to please the winners of the presidential election. Whether they are doing this because they want to retain their jobs, or they are doing this because they are being threatened, that is the million dollar question,” he said.
Metuh said the outcome of the gubernatorial elections is an “ominous sign” for what he called the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
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