Posted by Timige, On 13 Nov, 2023 | Updated On 14 Nov, 2023 No Comments »
The Director General of the Imo State Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Campaign Council and the House of Representative member representing Ideato North and South, Ikenga Ugochinyere, has described the votes ascribed to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Hope Uzodimma, in the Saturday governorship election as unlawful.
The PUNCH reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday announced Uzodimma as the winner of the state governorship election.
The state Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, declared Uzodimma of the APC winner, with 540,308, votes while Samuel Anyanwu of the PDP came a distant second with a total of 71,503 votes.
Ugochinyere who stated this in a post-election press conference on Monday in Abuja, declared the outcome of the election announced by INEC as illegitimate.
He alleged that the election was marred by wanton rigging, allocation of votes in private homes, declaration of false results and nonuse of the Biometric Voters Accreditation System.
The lawmaker who insisted that the PDP candidate scored the majority of the legitimate votes, urged INEC to review the results announced as required by law and declare Anyanwu the winner.
Ugochinyere who doubles as the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties alleged that there are ongoing moves to commence the upload of fake accreditation numbers on the BVAS to tally with the results declared.
He stated, “The outcome of the election is illegitimate and the person declared the winner of the election, Senator Hope Uzodimma, was not duly elected by the Imo voters because the majority of the votes ascribed to him were invalid, void and unlawful votes. Hence we declare him a self-imposed Governor of Imo State.
“We have already exposed evidence of massive overvoting from the result of BVAS machine accreditation which showed very low turnout and results showing high turnout. Moves are on currently in the IT Department of INEC to illegally upload accreditation figures into the BVAS machine to tally with fraud that was committed on Saturday.
“More than 90% of the votes allocated to Hope Uzodimma were not votes that passed through the accreditation process as the turnout in the election was very low and this could be because of the insecurity in Imo State.
“Thugs backed by security agencies were maiming, shooting and destroying private property in a bid to cow the people to allow them to announce already written figures without accreditation or credible election.
“Based on credible intelligence that the results from Okigwe, Oru East the governor home, Oru West, Onuimo, Orsu, Oguta, Ohaji, Nwangele, Orlu, Ideato South, Ideato North, Obowo, are the biggest electoral jokes that will ever come out of Africa. Over 90 per cent of the results or votes did not happen as there was no accreditation, those with less than 5 per cent accreditation ended up having 80 per cent voter turnout.”
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