The Oasis Reporters
February 27, 2019
By Moses Gbande
Strong allegations currently trail the just concluded National Assembly elections in Plateau State, as the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Halilu Husseini Pai and the Plateau State Commissioner of Police are accused of hatching plans to upturn the Plateau North Senatorial result and the Jos /North Bassa House of Representatives election.
It has been alleged that they are acting on the directives of the State Governor Simon Lalong to favour the Hausa community in Jos North for his re-election bid against the verdict of the electorate.
Investigation reveals that the REC, Mallam Husseini Pai based on an alleged directive of the governor has refused to allow the Collation Officer to announce the candidate of the PDP, Hon. Istifanus Gyang as the winner for the Senate Seat and PDP House of Representatives candidate for Jos North/Bassa, Hon. Jonathan Dabo as the winner of the seat.
Reports have it that the delay in the announcement of the results, four days after the election was concluded might not be unconnected to a game plan to perfect the deal, a circumstance that is heightening tension in the city of Jos, as supporters have vowed to resist anything to the contrary.
It was gathered that, youths had on Monday protested to the Jos North collation centre to demand for the announcement of the results on the grounds that they don’t know why the continuous hoarding of the results persists, but to no avail.
The REC Commissioner in company of the CP had mobilized to the venue last Monday evening and moved the materials to INEC Headquarters in Jos.
The Commission has been holding series of meetings behind closed doors with agents of political parties and other stakeholders on resolving the matter which do ended in dead locked.
Another meeting is rescheduled to hold Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 at Jos North local government Secretariat in continuation of the meeting to determine the fate of the results.