APGA: WE REJECT THE RESULTS OF 2019 IMO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE ALL PROGRESSIVES GRAND ALLIANCE (APGA), IMO STATE ON THE 2019 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION.

On 9th March, 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the Governorship election in all the polling units in Imo State.

The election which was marred by monumental irregularities remains the worst in the history of Imo State since its creation in 1976.

As a party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) vehemently and totally rejects the election and its outcome as it remains a mockery of Democracy. The subversive and disruptive activities of the Action Alliance (AA) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) made the election fall short of all democratic norms and requirements.

In view of the fraud, violence and undemocratic practices that characterized the election, we hereby make the following declarations:

1. The election was marred by wide-spread violence across the State as seen in the killing at Ogbe in Ahiazu Mbaise, the fracas at the INEC State Collation Centre, during which essential and original election documents and result sheets were torn.

2. Many officials of INEC were compromised and made themselves available for manipulation and doctoring of genuine results in favour of AA and PDP.

The obvious and open complicity of INEC officials in the electoral fraud that marred the election, even made the State Returning Officer (RO) order the arrest of some of these officials.

3. The PDP and AA deployed armed thugs and fake soldiers who invaded several polling booths and carted away electoral materials which were used to manipulate the results. For example, a COLLATION OFFICER was shot, at Nwangele LGA while several INEC offices were invaded.

4. The candidate of PDP Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha failed to meet the constitutional requirement of 25% of total votes cast in 2/3 of the 27 LGAs in Imo State. It is absolutely unconstitutional to declare a candidate who failed to meet this requirement winner.

OUR DEMANDS

a. The entire election should be cancelled as it failed to meet all constitutional requirements.

b. The reversal of the declaration of Mr Ihedioha as winner since he failed to meet the constitutional requirement of 25% of total votes cast in 2/3 of the state.

We state without equivocation that this election failed to meet all known standards in civilized Democracies.

The substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act by INEC in the conduct of this election makes it imperative for it to be cancelled. This is the only way to ensure peace and justice in the state.

Signed
Pastor Eberendu Alphonsus
State Secretary
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

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