The Osun State Branch of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, disagree on an election observer group’s report, Yiaga Africa, on the July 16 gubernatorial poll.
Relying on the report presented by Yiaga Executive Director Samson Itodo at a stakeholder conference the group hosted in Abuja where it launched the analysis of the election results, Omipidan insisted that the results of the poll of the governorship of Osun were affected by irregularities.
Omipidan had referred to the complaint of blurry results sheets uploaded to the INEC server.
He also referred to Osun’s analysis of PVC collection data, which showed that the total number of PVCs collected for 30 polling stations exceeded the total number of registered voters in those polling stations, stating that his director, Gboyega Oyetola, only votes lost count, not the election.
Omipidan further said: “Before Osun’s election, INEC had prescribed the BVAS (Bimodal Voters Accreditation System) as the only credible means of accreditation. But from the report we got from the field, BVAS was not being used properly in many of the polling stations. It did not include the number of accredited voters.
“But we didn’t rely mainly on the report we got from our police officers. We also required by law a CTC of the BVAS report from INEC, and we got it.
“The CTC of BVAS’ report on 10 local governments in 749 polling stations showed that accreditation through BVAS was less than the number of votes cast in those units.”
But in response, Adeleke Campaign Organization Deputy Director General, Mr. Kolapo Alimi, Wednesday that Yiaga’s report should be ignored.
According to him, YIAGA had previously praised the election after the poll, noting that the election was free and fair, adding that it raised suspicions that the same organization that had previously praised the poll might object to the election two months later. raise.
Alimi said: “Their report complained about 30 polling stations spread across 12 LGA. They complained about discrepancies between the number of PVCs collected and different people who voted. They’re not even talking about drowning out. Yiaga has forgotten that people are still collecting PVC until Thursday before the elections. Their report does not affect the application before the Tribunal.
“The problem is that there are some units that are not synchronized on INEC’s server. The numbers of accredited voters have been sent to the server, but there are some units that are not synchronized on the server because two or more BVAS are used. They want to take advantage of that because the records are not synchronized on the server. This happened in about 1,700 units and it happened more where APC won, with about 1000 polling stations.
“This is not due to any manipulation, but due to a network issue that the multiple BVAS used on Election Day could not be uploaded to the server.”