By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—NINE candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ebonyi State have demanded cancellation of last Saturday’s National Assembly elections in the state.
The candidates were participants in the three senatorial and six House of Representatives elections in the state.
They alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Governor Dave Umahi, conspired with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to commit various forms of electoral fraud during elections in the state.
Leader of the group and candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial district, Prince Onu Nweze in a press briefing with his colleagues, in Enugu yesterday said that what took place in Ebonyi was a case of widespread irregularities, targeted violence, voters inducement, mutilation of APC valid votes and open collaboration by security agents and INEC ad-hoc staff.
In a joint statement at the briefing, the candidates alleged that the election was marred by flagrant abuse of the Electoral Act.
They said the fraud was “a template that saw the jettisoning of card readers, massive thumb-printing of ballot papers, pre-writing of results, denial of party agents access to polling units, use of hoarded PVCs, over voting and violence against APC party members.
“These were prevalent in Ohaukwu, Ohaozara, Ebonyi,Ivo, Abakaliki, Afikpo South, Afikpo North, Izzi, Ishielu, Ikwo, and Onicha Local Government Areas.
“Valid votes gotten by APC were randomly rendered invalid through double thumb-printing on such votes. PDP thugs and agents openly shared rice and money to induce voters; there was suppression, abduction and intimidation of APC agents and members at the polling units.
“On the above premise, we make bold to say that the Presidential and national assembly elections in Ebonyi State were not free and fair; there were widespread irregularities and violence against APC. The results announced by INEC was not the true reflection of votes cast in Ebonyi State and should be cancelled.”