As SaharaReporters revealed last night, Goodluck Jonathan, the candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) is set to be announced winner of the Saturday April 16, 2011 presidential election, on the back of inflated numbers pumped into the election results from several states in the Southern region.

In Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Abia and Bayelsa states, huge numbers have surfaced which gave Jonathan the edge to avoid a run-off election against his main opponent, Muhammad Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).  In Akwa Ibom state, 999.9 % of voters have reportedly voted for Jonathan.  Similar margins have been reported in Bayelsa, Rivers and Abia states.

Indeed, in Bayelsa, Jonathan’s home state, he scored 107% of the votes of the initial number voters before INEC reisedd the number of voters registered there a few weeks ago.

In comments made after he voted yesterday, General Buhari observed that some air rigging (the nocturnal distribution of thumbprinted ballots by air), had occurred during the night.  He said one such consignment had had arrived in Katsina and that CPC agents had not been allowed to it before it was spirited away to Government House. 

In Enugu State today, Osita Okechukwu, the gubernatorial candidate of the CPC addressed a petition to the National Chairman in which he complained of “allocation of votes” in the state and in the South East to Mr. Jonathan. 
“We are  writing this petition because the result is fraught with gross electoral malpractices, total breach of the Electoral Act 2010 and did not reflect the voting on the ground: but mere allocation of votes to the People’s Democratic Party {PDP} in the midst of low turnout of Enugu State voters,” he said. 

Mr. Okechukwu further stated that CPC polling agents were either chased away or not allowed in many Polling Units because their party Identification card was unlike the PDP letter of identification.   He noted that complaints made to INEC Collation officers in such places as Nsukka, Enugu North, Enugu South, Udi, Udenu, Igboeze South and North were ignored, and that the intention was “to doctor the result sheets and stuff up ballot papers with thumb printed ballot papers.”

He called for the biometric technology “which Nigeria expended N87billion on to conduct this election should be deployed to verify the validity of the ballot papers used to allocate such outrageous figures posted as votes by the good people of Enugu State and indeed South East.”

SE & SS magic numbers:

STATE  #REG. VOTERS     Party   # of Votes Won      % of # of votes cast
               AS AT FEB 7th 2001
Anambra    1,758,220             PDP           1,145,169                  98.96%
Enugu         1,301,185              PDP                   802,144                    98.54%
Akwa Ibom 1,714,781             PDP                 1,165,629                 94.58%
Imo           1,611,715                  PDP                       1,381,357                 97.98%
Ebonyi       876,249               PDP                   480,592                    95.57%
Bayelsa     472,389                 PDP                        504,811                    99.63%
Abia          1,481,191               PDP                     1,175,984                  98.96%
Delta        1,900,055               PDP                      1,378,851                  98.59%
Rivers       2,419,057           PDP                  1,817,762                  98.04%

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