From Esther Akaa, Lafia
About 500 women across the 13 local government areas of Nasarawa State on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest, calling for the cancellation of March 18th governorship election held in the state.
The Voice earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent Governor of the state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Sule who secured 347, 209 votes in the contest with his closest challenger, Dr David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 283, 016 votes, as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election
Speaking during the protest in Lafia, State Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Hon. Stella Oboshi led women from the PDP and other political parties in the state, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) to cancel the March 18, 2023 polls.
According to her, the reason for the protest was because INEC went ahead to announce a winner of the governorship election even though there was contention in the results that emanated from Gayam and Ciroma electoral wards in Lafia LGA of the state capital.
“What we are doing today is a peaceful protest and it is allowed in democracy. The reason for our protest is that in Nasarawa State, two electoral wards cannot hold the whole state to ransom.
“The governorship election and that of the House of Assembly were done the same day, the same time and with the same election materials. But the governorship election was announced; and that of the House of Assembly have not been announced up till this moment because it was declared inconclusive.
“If Gayam and Ciroma electoral wards results from Lafia LGA were included in the results that INEC announced for the governorship election but the Assembly elections were inconclusive in the same electoral wards, then INEC should also declare the governorship election inconclusive so that we can start from afresh,” she said.
She, however appealed to supporters of the PDP and other opposition political parties in the state to remain calm, while expressing optimism that INEC will do the needful by declaring the already announced governorship election inconclusive.
The Voice reports that the protesting women were dressed in black to express their dissatisfaction with the outcome of the election in the state.