We did not rig Enugu governorship poll, PDP replies Edeoga, Nweke
The Enugu PDP Campaign Council has dismissed the statement credited to opposition parties rejecting the outcome of March 18 governorship poll in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APGA Governorship Candidate, Mr Frank Nweke, and his LP counterpart, Chijioke Edeoga, had in separate statements criticised the result of the election as a subversion of the people’s mandate.
PDP, however, insisted that the people of Enugu rose above clanish, religious and party divides to elect the PDP candidate, Dr Peter Mbah, as the best-prepared for the job.
Mr Nana Ogbodo, the Director of Communications/Spokesman for the council, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu.
Ogbodo was reacting to the allegations by Nweke and Edeoga that PDP rigged the election in favour of Mbah.
He stated, “If any party should complain bitterly, it was indeed the PDP, which was manifestly rigged out in several local government areas, where the election was militarised against their supporters, despite being the ruling party”.
He said that it was instructive that neither Nweke nor Edeoga uttered a word of condemnation, when LP’s Senator-elect for Enugu North Senatorial District, Chief Okey Ezea, allegedly declared the governorship election a “do-or-die affair” in a viral video.
Ogbodo stated: “Recall that when the duo levelled allegations of planned compromise of the governorship poll against the PDP, INEC, and other vital institutions of democracy ahead of the March 18 polls, we were quick to point out that they were not only making excuses for their expected failure.
“They were indirectly letting Enugu people into the mayhem they planned to unleash on them, having failed to condemn the statement by the LP chieftain and senator-elect.
“We also told you that Nweke has been a part and parcel of PDP since 1999 until last year, having served as Chief of Staff to former Gov. Chimaroke Nnamani and Minister in three ministries.”
He further maintained that Nweke only left for APGA on the erroneous permutation that PDP’s governorship ticket would go outside Nkanu land so he could harvest from the expected protest votes of the people.
“We can authoritatively inform you that Nweke will also be on his way out of APGA after he had lost again at the Election Petition Tribunal.