Wednesday, 22 April 2015

APC May boycott Imo Re-run Governorship Polls

Governor Okorocha and President -elect Gen. Buhari  addressing APC members and admirers at a rally at Emmaus House field, Awka.

The All Progressives Congress Party, APC, has threatened to boycott Saturday’s rescheduled election in  Imo state accusing  the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state of compromise.
According to  PM News, the party in a letter to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, wants electoral officials in the state replaced.
National chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said the APC may not take part in the election if the commission retains the current INEC team, which he said was “compromised”.
The APC National chairman accused the Imo state Resident Electoral Commissioner to be desperate to manipulate the election by attempting to order new vote in areas where results had already been declared, all in an effort to help the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, win.
“Our position is based on the fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo State erroneously and perhaps mischievously included areas where elections took place and results were collated, announced, declared and results sheets (Forms EC8A) issued to party agents, including agents of the PDP who signed the results sheets,” the APC said.
Furthermore,the APC accused the Imo State electoral officials of complicity in what happened in Mbaise area of the state, where results declared were higher than the number of permanent cards collected.
Oyegun said when the APC agent complained, the Resident Electoral Commissioner and the State Returning Officer merely directed the local government Returning Officer to revise the figures downwards.
He also accused the state INEC officials to have connived with the military in Mbaise Local Government Area and some other areas to cart away election materials, with which fictitious results were later written and admitted.
“In the light of the foregoing, we of All Progressives Congress (APC) have lost faith in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in Imo State in their management of elections and hereby call on the chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to send a new Election Management Team to supervise and conduct the re-scheduled supplementary Imo gubernatorial elections,” the party said.
The election on April 11 was declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer, Professor Ibidapo Obe, because the margin (79,529) between the frontrunner, APC’s Rochas Okorocha and his contender, Emeka Ihedioha of Peoples Democratic Party, was less than the number of registered voters (144,715) in wards where elections did not hold or were cancelled.
Source: PM News



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