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‘INEC must declare results of Ajeromi-Ifelodun House of Reps poll’

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By Onozure Dania

ELECTORATE in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area, Lagos State, yesterday, appealed to the leadership of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to, as a matter of “urgency direct the Resident Electoral Commissioner to comply with court order and ensure that the Returning Officer declares the results of the election for the House of Representatives, conducted in the local government.

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An electoral official looks at documents at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 10, 2019. – Nigeria’s election authorities announced the suspension of activities in volatile opposition-held Rivers State on March 10 citing violence and threats to its staff, as tensions rise in the wake of closely-watched regional elections. Counting is continuing across the country after the March 9 elections for governors in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states, all state assemblies and administrative councils in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. Results are expected in the coming days. (Photo AFP)

In a statement by the Rita Orji Campaign Office, entitled: Undue delay and failure to declare the result of Ajeromi Ifelodun House of Representatives Federal Constituency, by Director-General, Mr. Charles Ejimadu said: “There is a valid court order directing INEC to declare the results of the elections as conducted and announced at the polling units,” and noted that it was already a week when ruling was given by court.

“We did not expect any further delay from INEC in obeying the court order, as we already know who the winner is: Rita Orji, with a margin, is unprecedented.

“Rita Orji won convincingly. We urge you to declare the result and announce her officially without delay. She and   Ajeromi Ifelodun electorate should not be subjected to this harrowing experience because she does not belong to the ruling party.

“It is curious that elections at the same polling units for the offices of the President and Senate were announced, while results for House of Representatives withheld.

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“We are in possession of copies of the original results for 67 polling units out of the 71 polling units.  Elections were conducted at the polling units, results were declared and pasted at the polling units, while agents were given their copies including the security agents.”

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