Election 2019: PDP, Senator Ohuabunwa reject results of Abia North senatorial polls

Election 2019: PDP, Senator Ohuabunwa reject results of Abia North senatorial polls

- The PDP in Abia state has rejected the result of Abia North senatorial election

- Former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor-Kalu emerged winner of the contest

- The present senator occupying the seat who lost to Uzor-Kalu, Mao Ohuabunwa, has joined his party in rejecting the result

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia state has rejected the result of Abia North senatorial election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the zone on Saturday, February 23.

In an emergency meeting of the state working committee of the party presided over by the chairman of the party in the State, Sir Johnson Onuigbo, the party said “after a critical review of the election, including unlawful manipulations and unjustifiable cancellations, concluded that, at best, the election was inconclusive and should be so declared by INEC.”

INEC had announced the former Abia state governor, Dr Orji Uzor-Kalu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the keenly contested polls.

The party said, Rule 33(e) of INEC regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections, 2019, stipulates that where the number of cancelled votes outnumber the difference in vote of a ‘leading candidate,’ such election shall be deemed to be inconclusive.

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According to the state chairman, Chief Johnson Onuigbo said: “From what the Independent National Electoral Commission have as result of Abia North senatorial election, the gap between the senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, and the candidate of our party; Distinguished Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, is only ten thousand and four hundred votes”.

“On the other hand, votes cancelled in Arochukwu and Nkporo alone amount to more than thirty-eight thousand.

“By the aforesaid Rule 33(e) of INEC regulations and guidelines, Saturday’s senatorial election in Abia North should have been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission because the margin of lead between the leading candidates which is 10,400 (ten thousand four hundred) is less than the cancelled votes of over 38,000 ( thirty eight thousand)” .

“Our party; therefore, rejects the result of Abia North senatorial election and vehemently demands that INEC complies with extant electoral guidelines by declaring the election inconclusive and consequently fix a date to conclude the election. Our stand is not strange as it has been done in the Ondo South senatorial election which INEC declared inconclusive.”

Similarly, the candidate of the PDP in the poll, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, called on INEC to reschedule a re-run election in the zone.

Ohuabunwa insisted that Uzor-Kalu was never declared winner of the poll contrary to his claims and some media reports.

The senator said the Returning Officer did not declare anybody winner of the contest as the total number of cancelled votes was far bigger than the margin of victory.

“Announcing Kalu winner of Abia North Senatorial contest is a joke taken too far.

“The total number of canceled votes is 76,889, while the margin of victory is 10,402.

“The difference between margin of victory and canceled votes is 66,487. Can INEC validly declare a winner of that poll?” he queried.

Ohuabunwa said the Returning Officer merely announced figures and number of votes secured by each candidate but never declared Kalu winner.

He alleged that Kalu out of desperation and quest for power inflated figures in his favour.

He urged members of the public not to be deceived by Kalu’s claim that he was returned at the poll, insisting that INEC must conduct a re-run.

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In a related development, the Kano chapter of the PDP has rejected the Presidential and National Assembly results compiled in the state by INEC.

The state party chairman and also the party agent at the collation centre, Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, alleged that the figures released by INEC were tampered with during collation.

Bichi told reporters at the INEC headquarters in the state that they will not accept the inflated figures of the election outcome.

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