THE difficulty of voters in identifying party logos on the ballot paper caused the poor performance of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the general elections, according to the party’s candidate in the February 25 presidential election, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Kwankwaso attributed the party’s unimpressive performance to the poor printing of the party’s logo by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said INEC mixed up the party’s logo in the ballot papers, making it hard for NNPP supporters to identify.
Kwankwaso said at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting on Thursday in Abuja, “One of the problems with our logo is the printing quality, and I want to appeal to INEC that now that we are going for elections in about three states, we don’t want to be in a hurry to go to court on some of these issues.
“I believe that under normal circumstances, what INEC presented as our logo is good enough in a civilised society to cancel the national elections because we were disenfranchised and not properly represented on the ballot, and that created so much difficulty for our candidates and our party.
“We were expecting to see what we presented, a basket of fruits with colours so that people would know. Anything short of that in the coming elections will only be repeating the challenges we faced before.”
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, won the presidential election on February 25, with 8,794,726 votes.
He also had over 25 per cent of the votes cast in 30 states, more than the 24 states constitutionally required.
Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, came second with 6,984,520 votes, while Peter Obi of the Labour Party came third with 6,101,533 votes.
Kwankwaso came fourth in the election, having pulled 1,496,687 votes.