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Opposition parties reject Enugu guber, Ondo Assembly elections results

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The United Democratic Party (UDP) yesterday rejected results of the governorship and House of Assembly elections conducted in Enugu State, saying it was fraught with irregularities.

The party also called for forensic analysis of the election materials used in Enugu State, alleging that they were doctored to return the winner of the election.

Explaining that the party would challenge the outcome of the exercise in court, governorship candidate of the party, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena, said it was “well planned, orchestrated and masterfully executed for rigging in favour of the incumbent governor of Enugu state”.

Ozoemena, who was flanked by his deputy, Sunday Aroh and State chairman of the party, Prince Jideofor Ngene, during a media briefing at the state secretariat of the party, said he totally rejects the result as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

PDP Campaign Council in the state has expressed gratitude to the people for the overwhelming support that led to its victory during Saturday’s elections.

The party’s Director of Communications, Nana Ogbodo, in a statement said the support across the 17 local government areas and 260 wards led to victory of the party’s candidates.

However, opposition parties in Ondo State have rejected the outcome of last Saturday’s Assembly election, alleging that security agencies and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were used to rig the election across the state.

State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Clement Faboyede, said this at a media briefing in Akure yesterday, saying the result of the Assembly poll did not express the wishes of the electorate.

He lamented that INEC played the role of a compromised umpire by taking sides with the APC by declaring some candidates winners even when the difference was greater than the number of votes cancelled.

According to him, “What happened on Saturday across the state was unacceptable, uncivilised and undemocratic. Security agencies failed to show professionalism unlike the Presidential and National Assembly poll.

“This last election was exactly opposite: There were sporadic shootings in the state capital and no arrest was made in spite of all the patrol in Akure City. What happened in the last election was vote buying and selling.”

He alleged that the state government spent over N2 billion for the election across the 3,009 polling units.

APC won 23 seats, while PDP won two seats in Idanre and Akoko North East Constituency, while Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) won Ondo West Constituency 1.

Meanwhile, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct during last Saturday’s House of Assembly elections.

While speaking with journalists in his office, he said he was particularly delighted over the people’s commitment to the ideas of representative democracy.

He added that he was also delighted that the people, irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds, showed the true character and value of Ondo State as a land of uncommon heroes.

Akeredolu, however, expressed appreciation to security agencies for their professionalism during the election and commiserated with the family of the corps member, Ibrahim Okanlawon, who died on Saturday in the course of duty.


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