There is uneasy calm in Taraba State following the suspension of collation of the governorship election results in the state from 8pm on Sunday to 12 noon on Monday.
Some party agents at the INEC collation center in Jalingo have called on the National headquarters of the electoral empire to bring a new collation officer to preside over the collation process in the state.
Mr. Sam Ada who addressed journalists alongside other party agents in Jalingo on Monday morning accused the collation officer of the governorship election in Taraba, Prof. Shehu Iya, of the Modibo Adama University, Yola, of playing in the hands of some politicians by suspending the collation of results for 14 hours without any concrete reason.
Ada who commended the national chairman of the INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for the smooth conduct of the election in the state called on him not to allow the collation officer to tarnish his hard-earned reputation by trying to manipulate the people’s mandate.
Other political party agents who were at the press briefing demanded that the collation officer should give reasons why collation of election results was suspended for over 14 hours while results of various local government were ready for collation.
“We demand to know the reasons behind the suspension of governorship results here in Taraba, the world is watching us.
“We must know what is the problem, there is no crisis, there are no hitches, the environment is conducive, we the political parties are ready for collation, but only for INEC to take just two local government and suspend the collation for over 14 hours.”