The Imo State chapter of the Labour Party has vowed to challenge the declaration of the state governor, Hope Uzodimma, as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
At a press conference held in Owerri, the state capital, the state LP chairman, Callistus Ihejiagwa, said the process that brought Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress as the re-elected governor of the state was faulty.
He described the poll as a daylight robbery and a reap of democracy.
According to him, it was surprising that the Independent National Electoral Commission could produce results in places where there was no accreditation of voters.
He said that elections didn’t take place in most places in Orsu, Orlu, Ideato North, Okigwe, Oguta, and Owerri municipal, yet INEC in collaboration with APC and security agents, allegedly wrote results.
He also faulted the Returning Officer, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, of the Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, for failing to address his petition before going on to collate the results and returned Uzodimma as the winner of the election.
Ihejiagwa said, “What happened in Imo State on Saturday was a sham. It was shameful how the security agents provided INEC staff and APC members the protection to rig the election.
“From our records, our candidate, Senator Athan Achonu, won the election. We will challenge the announcement of Hope Uzodimma as the winner of the election in court.
“If anybody keeps quiet, of course, the Labour and our candidate won’t. We clearly won the election. We will retrieve our mandate in court.”
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