The Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), has rejected the result which declared the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha as the winner of the Imo west senatorial election.
The APGA governorship candidate in Imo west, Senator Osita Izunaso, who briefed journalists shortly after the final result was announced on Monday, said that governor Okorocha of the All Progress Congress manipulated the process.
According to Izunaso, Okorocha allegedly stormed the final collation centre in Orlu LGA with thugs and compelled the returning officer, Prof Francis Ibeawuchi, to declare the winner at variance with the electoral act.
Izunaso who was in the Senate between 2007 and 2011 said that he had petitioned INEC over the alleged flawed process.
The APGA candidate who said that he won the elections in seven out of the twelve LGAs in the senatorial district, said that the governor mutilated the results at the LGA collation centers.
“this is a gory development. This is the worst election since the creation of Imo state. A lot of malpractices happened. No result was collated at ward levels, all collation officers were at LGAs, it happened at my oru west LGA.”
” It is against the electoral act, Okorocha used thugs to hijack the process, I won in seven LGAs. Okorocha took the result sheets and rewrote the results. The results were deeply mutilated. They held the electoral officer hostage. Okorocha forced him to declare a false result. He declared it at gun point. Under duress, there was no declaration. It should be canceled. I have petitioned INEC already.”
Also, the People’s Democratic Party has rejected the outcome of the election which took place at Ohaji Egbema/Oguta/Oru West federal which declared Kingsley Uju of the Action Alliance as the winner.
The PDP publicity Secretary in the state, Damian Opara, who briefed journalists in Owerri, said that the winner used the police and military men to allegedly rig the process.
Opara alleged that the final result which was announced by INEC did not conform with the figures announced at the booth and ward levels.
Calling on INEC to declare its candidate, Obed Acholonu as the rightful winner, PDP said that the use of security men to intimidate the voters was unfortunate.
APC thanks Bayelsa, Kogi electorate over victory
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has thanked the people of Kogi and Bayelsa over its resounding victory in the governorship election in both states.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC congratulated all Nigerians, its teeming supporters and members for the hard-earned election victory.
According to Issa-Onilu, indeed, these victories are as significant as are well-deserved.
“In Kogi, our great party is delighted that the good people of the state ignored the propaganda and clannish campaign by the opposition and reelected our candidate, Gov. Yahaya Bello. We cannot thank the Kogi electorate enough.
“Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the senatorial election in Kogi West inconclusive, we are confident that when the supplementary election is held, our candidate, Sen. Smart Adeyemi will reclaim his earlier stolen mandate.
“Our party’s victory in Bayelsa is even more of a landmark. Against all odds and in defiance of the established but retrogressive political order since 1999, Bayelsans decided through their votes to overwhelmingly elect our governorship candidate, David Lyon,” he said.
He said Bayelsans decided to ditch the disastrous regime of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pitch their tent with a progressive platform.
According to him, this is a sacred trust our candidate and party will not take for granted.
“The party expresses its profound appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his moral support for our candidates; the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, our governors and other party leaders for their support and distinguished presence at our rallies in Kogi and Bayelsa.
“We also thank the First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari; wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo for rallying massive support during the final grand rally in Lokoja, Kogi State.
“We appreciate the tireless efforts of our National Campaign Councils for Kogi and Bayelsa, headed by Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna and Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa,” Issa-Onilu said.
He said that the party dedicated its election successes to the good people of the two states with a solemn promise that victorious candidates would justify the confidence reposed in them.
“There remains much to be done in ensuring the sanctity of our electioneering process, particularly partisan approach to elections.
“The PDP must begin to address itself to the new reality that votes are beginning to count. PDP’s retrogressive tactics of massive thumb printing, ballot box snatching, vote-buying, thuggery, violence and other illegal schemes will no longer win election for them,” he said.
INEC declares Yahaya Bello winner of Kogi Governorship election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the Kogi election, Yahaya Bello, has been declared as the winner of the exercise on held on Saturday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission Returning Officer for the election, Professor Ibrahim Umar, said that Bello polled a massive 406,222 votes to defeat his contestant, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.
Professor Umar said Bello had been declared winner, having scored the highest number of votes during the poll conducted on Saturday.
The INEC official said the total number of cancelled is 149,576 and that the margin of lead is 216,518.
Details to come shortly…
APC supporters celebrate on the streets of Yenagoa
After the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa, scores of the party’s supporters stormed the streets in celebration of the victory.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, who announced the result, said APC polled 352,552 votes to win in the election.
He said APC’s closest rival, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 143, 172 votes.
Orumwnese said APC won the election in six Local Government Areas, while PDP won in two.
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