HEDA has expressed concern on inconsistencies and some misconducts associated with the recent Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections.
The concern is contained in a statement made available to media houses Sunday.
INEC is alleged to, having discovered the palpable inconsistencies between figures recorded as accredited votes on the EC8A (result sheet) and the BVAS Report, tampered with the contents of the original BVAS report to protect the mandate awarded to Ademola Adeleke and PDP, at the expense of credible election, by issuing a fresh CTC to the defendants, claiming the CTC earlier issued to APC and Oyetola was incomplete and unsynchronised.
“Considering the Ekiti and Osun elections where conducted and declare on the basis of BVAC, How possible and plausible is it for INEC to have declared a winner from an in synchronized BVAC? Considering the BVAC report issued was more than 10 days after the Osun election” HEDA stated.
The statement reads in part: “Noting this particular serious inconsistency and those associated with the senatorial tickets attempts by the current Senate President in Yobe and Former Governor Godswill Akpabio in Akwa Ibom, INEC is charged to do better and remain consistent for a credible, free, fair and popular election in 2023. Furthermore, the anti corruption agencies are further charged to vigorously monitor officials of the Commission to avoid inducement and compromise of the 2023 elections.
“On July 18, 2022, two days after a governorship election was conducted in Osun State, the APC candidate and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola reportedly applied for the Certified True Copies (CTC) of the BVAS Report for the election. The world had commended the conduct of the election on the basis of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS).
INEC was on record to have after the statutory payments were made on July 29, 2022, issued the CTC of the BVAS Report to APC and Oyetola.
Recall that the ruling APC and Oyetola have served INEC their petition challenging results in 749 polling units on the account of suspected over-voting they believed took place in those polling units.