The PDP, however, said it will challenge the result of the presidential election on the grounds that underage voters were allowed to vote in the northern part of the country and card readers were used to favour the strongholds of the opposition party.The director of media and publicity of the campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, yesterday in Abuja, however, said that the results he announced were subject to the confirmation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).He said: “As we speak now, we are winning in 23 states and we have 64 percent while the APC is winning in 14 states and has 36 percent. These results are subject to confirmation by the Independent National Electoral Commission. However, we are certain of what we are saying because we have information from our agents in every polling unit nationwide.” He said it was brought to the notice of the party that hundreds of thousands of underage voters were allowed to vote by INEC officials in many parts of the North. “The pictures of these underage voters, who are APC supporters and many of whom are not even Nigerians but were drafted across our northern borders just to vote, are all over the internet.“This is unacceptable to us and it needs to be explained by INEC. We await further clarification from them about it and failing that we shall revisit the issue in a very forceful and precise manner at a later stage. He said the other area that needs clarification and an explanation from INEC is the issue of card readers. “Many of our supporters were disenfranchised and were unable to get accreditation or to vote as a consequence of the card reader situation and it is curious that most of the problems associated with card readers only took place in areas and states that are the traditional strongholds of President Jonathan and the PDP. Was this a mere coincidence or was it contrived? That is the million dollar question. We shall speak more about this and other matters after the final results have been announced by INEC. Until then we shall hold our peace.”However the All Progressives Congress (APC) dismissed the claim In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party dismissed the claim by PDP, saying it is misleading as the results are being collated at the time the claim was made.“Our attention has been drawn to the claim made by the Spokesman of the Jonathan Campaign Organization, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, that the PDP is winning the presidential election in 23 states and has scored 64 per cent.It said shortly after, the INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega also countered the claim saying; “I don’t know the sources of such information.”
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