The Labour Party in Enugu State, Thursday, described the guber election that produced Mr Peter Mba of the Peoples Democratic Party as manipulated.
This was contained in a statement by Barr Onuorah Odo, LP’s state publicity secretary. Quoting him, “The election was marred by widespread and wholesale rigging, intimidation of voters, doctoring, mutilation and manipulation of the results, particularly the result of Nkanu East.
“It’s on record that the process of accreditation and use of BVAS was not followed in some of the polling units, especially Nkanu East.
“It’s also on record that in the course of the collation of results, the results of Nkanu East showed monumental disparities between the number of registered voters and the total number of votes, but the obviously compromised Inec decided to disregard the provisions of the Electoral Act and went ahead to declare the conspicuously padded results despite complaints from the opposition parties.
“This was the reason why they deliberately delayed the announcement of the result to pave way for further manipulations.
“The result as declared by Inec on the 22nd of March, 2023, four days after the elections were concluded, was heavily doctored and does not reflect the wishes of ndi Enugu State.
“We are registering our dissatisfaction over the electoral irregularities and malfeasances activated and actuated by heavy financial inducements.
“Let it be known that our great party is poised to deepen the root of democracy in Nigeria and cannot fold our arms and allow this level of electoral heist to go unchallenged.
“In due course, the position of the party will be made known as we have started assembling our facts together to do the needful. This is a rape on democracy.”
Our correspodent reports that Mba scored 160, 895 votes to defeat his closest challenger, LP’s Barr Chijioke Edeoga, who scored 157, 552.