PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; and another national commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, during the INEC’s presentation of certificate of registration to five new political parties, in Abuja on Friday (16/6/17). 03311/16/6/2017/Hogan-Bassey/ BJO/NAN

February 17, 2019 PRESS RELEASE

… Abba Aji boycotted five local government areas in campaigns

There is an ongoing plot by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Borno State, working under the directive of the party’s ‎candidate for Borno Central Senatorial, Mohammed Abba Aji to blackmail the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by filing frivolous petitions to cause confusion ahead of the re-scheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections.

A coalition of civil societies which has been in Borno in the last two weeks monitoring electoral processes raised the alarm in a statement signed by Comrades Dennis Esumobi , Executive Director and Gabriel Gbajume,Publicity Secretary‎, both from the  Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Good Governance in Nigeria(COCMEGG).

The civil societies said a senatorial candidate, Abba Aji who is behind the petitions had boycotted five out of eight local government areas during his campaign for Borno Central and on seeing the possibilities of losing, he resorted to blackmail.

“It is public knowledge that since 2011, our coalition comes for election monitoring in Borno ‎State because of the peculiar situation here. We know that others avoid Borno. We are shocked to uncover from our findings that last weekend, the PDP in Borno State has resolved to disrupt the re-scheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections by filing frivolous petitions against some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Borno State. They resolved to concoct all kinds of basis in their petitions. We also uncovered that the PDP candidate for Borno Central Senatorial, Mohammed Abba Aji is behind these petitions.

What is shocking about Abba Aji is that whereas there are 8 Local Government Areas in Borno Central, he narrowed all his campaigns to only Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, some parts of Jere and his town, Bama. He totally boycotted five local government areas made up of Konduga, Mafa, Dikwa, Ngala and Kala-Balge. He never for once campaigned in any of these five local government areas. At a point, we thought he had withdrawn from the race.

While Abba Aji boycotted these five Local Government Areas his opponents in other political parties were busy campaigning. Now that it is clear to him that he stands to lose, he resorted to using the PDP to cause confusion.

His aim is to disrupt the re-scheduled elections coming up February 23, 2019. We hereby alert Nigerians of this plot by the Borno PDP under the push by Abba Aji. We also urge INEC to remain firm and ensure free, fair and credible elections without bias in favour of any political party” the statement reads.