*Alleges irregularities, breach of Electoral Act
By Tony Edike
ENUGU – THE Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Enugu State chapter, yesterday, rejected the result of Saturday’s presidential election declared in the state, alleging gross irregularities and total breach of the Electoral Act.
The party called on chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to cancel the result from Enugu State, insisting that the result was a mere allocation of votes to various political parties by agents of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Governorship candidate of CPC in the state, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, who addressed newsmen shortly after the result was declared yesterday, said the 802,144 votes allocated to PDP was not a true reflection of the votes cast in the state that witnessed low turnout of voters, adding that acceptance of the result would negatively affect the credibility of this year’s election.
He said: “What we have in their result sheet was total allocation of votes to the PDP, a gross irregularity and a breach of the Electoral Act.
“This breach of the Electoral Act started before the election when they started giving out money to the people, and even on election day, they were serving drinks, giving food items to voters at the polling stations, inducing people with money and swaying their voting process.
“They also intimidated both voters and our collation agents to allow them to do this cooking of results. We are calling on INEC to do a thorough investigation of the ballot papers cast to separate those ballot papers they used to inflate and allocate votes to PDP because there was total low turnout in the South East that this kind of figure can not emanate from the election.”
Okechukwu, who is also the National Publicity Secretary of Conference of Nigeria Political Party, CNPP, wondered why 95,250 votes should be allocated to PDP in Nsukka Local Government alone where a total of 128,000 people registered.