LP vows to resist plot to upturn guber election results in Abia, Enugu
The Labour Party (LP) National Chairman, Julius Abure, has warned that the party will resist every attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia and Enugu states to upturn the result declared in the two states.
This was contained in a statement, signed by the LP National Chairman, which was issued in Abuja, yesterday. According to him, governors of the two states of Enugu and Abia were defeated in the last presidential and National Assembly elections, where they made effort to get the Senate ticket, but were defeated by the Labour Party.
Abure said: “Ikpeazu cannot rig election in his council, which he lost in the senatorial elections on February 25.
“Similarly, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who lost woefully in the last election in Enugu North Senatorial zone, is presently doctoring results from the zone with the help of some compromised INEC staff and police to ensure PDP is returned elected in the state against the wishes of the electorate.
“We have come to the second day of the ongoing governorship and state Assembly elections, and what we are witnessing across the country and reports from our party men on ground are not in anyway different from the criminality orchestrated against our presidential candidate, Peter Obi, during the February 25 presidential election.
“Today, we are, again, witnessing a situation where a sitting governor in Abia State is fully involved in an attempt to upturn the victory of the Labour Party candidate, Alex Otti, in the governorship election that has been clearly won by our candidate.
“The same scenario is presently playing out in Enugu State where Labour Party’s candidate, Chijioke Edeoga, is presently leading in virtually all the councils so far announced.
“As we speak, INEC staff members are being held hostage at Obingwa Council by Ikpeazu and his cohorts to rewrite the results already compiled by INEC officials despite order from the election body asking their staff to head to Umuahia to collate results for the election, which is in favour of Otti.”
“This is one robbery too many. While Nigerians are yet to get over the ugly rape of a democratic process in last month presidential election by the ruling party at the centre, the PDP has been found engaged in the most shameless manner and disregard for the rights of citizens.”
He, therefore, called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to intervene and ensure the transfer of all electoral materials to Umuahia, where the sanctity of the election and safety of officials can be guaranteed.