A former member of the National Assembly, Ayo Arise, on Sunday described the claim by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that he won the March 23 presidential election as “bogus and unverifiable.”
Arise, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, described Atiku’s claim as “a ploy to confuse the judiciary in particular and Nigerians in general.”
The former lawmaker, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, said the PDP candidate’s claim was unreasonable.
He said, “For now, it is illegal for anyone to transmit results of elections from polling units directly to the centre.
“The chain of collation of results was from the units through the wards, local governments, states and to the headquarters. Unless Atiku is telling us that there is another method employed by INEC which violates the norm we are used to.
“Maybe there is somebody somewhere who is concocting figures for Atiku. The PDP flagbearer should tell us how he got his information, whether he officially applied for it through the instrumentality of the Freedom of Information Act. I think the man must have been ripped off or scammed.”
Arise advised the ruling APC to handle the matter with tact by adopting a scientific approach to puncture the claim.
He said this could be achieved by seeking the services of credible Information and Communications Technology experts as defence witnesses.
The former lawmaker advised the party’s leaders to adopt a win-win approach on the election of leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly.
He said, “Every member of the National Assembly is a potential leader, but we also have the rules and guidelines which confer privileges to some members based on seniority.
“The APC leadership must, therefore, ensure balancing in sharing key positions. It must engage members within its folds regularly.
“Above all, the issue of party discipline and supremacy must not be jettisoned or compromised. Any contender who will be stepping down for another based on party arrangement and persuasion, could be given committee of his or her choice.”