Missing logo: ANP asks INEC to cancel Kwara poll

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    PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; and another national commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, during the INEC’s presentation of certificate of registration to five new political parties, in Abuja on Friday (16/6/17). 03311/16/6/2017/Hogan-Bassey/ BJO/NAN

    The governorship candidate of the Alternative Party of Nigeria in Kwara State, Mohammed Abubakar, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to cancel the result of the governorship election held in the state on Saturday.

    Abubakar, who made the appeal in a petition addressed to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission deliberately omitted the logo of the Alternative Party of Nigeria on the ballot papers.

    INEC had on Sunday declared Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the Kwara State governorship election.

    Abubakar, who claimed his chances of winning the election was bright as he had campaigned and made adequate preparations for the election, lamented that he was surprised and shocked when he could not find his party logo on the ballot paper when he got to the polling booth to vote.

    “I have gone through the length and breadth of Kwara State to campaign for my party and I have mobilised people for the election only to get to the polling unit to discover that the logo of the party on the platform on which I was contesting was missing on the ballot paper printed for the governorship election in the state.”

    The petition dated March 9, 2019 and signed the by the Secretary of the APN, Mr Ogo-Oluwatan Olatunji, said, “Our party and candidate’s name were published as one of the gubernatorial candidates contesting the election in the gubernatorial list published by INEC on 30th January, 2019.”

    “Now, on the 9th of March, 2019, our supporters and well-meaning Kwarans trooped out en masse to exercise our civic rights only to discover that our party, Alternative Party of Nigeria’s logo was missing on the ballot papers which we perceived as a deliberate action by INEC to disenfranchise the good people of Kwara State.

    “This is a great insult on our democracy. Note that the whole world is watching us,” he said.

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