OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The Governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Ayogu Eze has dismissed the reelection of Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, describing it as fictitious and ‘oven-baked’ figures.
In a statement on Monday, the Director, Media, Sen. Ayogu Eze Campaign Organisation, Okey Ezirigwe pointed out that the figures declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the governorship election were fictitious as voter turn out was about 65% drop from that of Presidential election which came out with lower figures.
He said, “We have seen some oven-baked figures churned out by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Enugu as the result of the March 9, 2019 governorship election.
“These fabricated figures fly in the face of the very low turnout of voters in the entire state, resulting from the mistreatment of our candidate by INEC.”
The statement recalled that few days before the election INEC refused publish his name on its website despite a subsisting court order.
According to Ezirigwe, the refusal by INEC to implement “The Appeal Court judgment compelling INEC to immediately restore our candidate on the candidates list, was served on INEC the same day which it acknowledged but refused to effect, up to the moment polls closed on Saturday, in clear violation and contempt of the court order, leading to unlawful exclusion of our validly nominated candidates.
“This development occasioned massive voter apathy leading to the lowest voter turnout ever recorded in Enugu State. We make bold to state that it’ll be a miracle if as many as 100,000 persons participated in the Saturday election in the State, if the card reader is queried.
“The absence of voters gave the PDP and those collaborating with it the ample opportunity to manufacture figures, which they have now put out as election results.”
Ayogu observed that “while the card reader was supposed to have been programmed to stop functioning at 2pm, many polling centers remained open, up to as late as 5pm with massive thumb-printing going on, using multiple fingers and objects to mark the ballot papers.”
They called on Enugu citizens and all institutions and people of Nigeria to reject the declared figures saying that governorship election never took place in the State adding that the announced result was a farce.
INEC had declared the incumbent governor of the state, Hon. Ugwuanyi winner of the election with 449,935 to defeat his closest rival Sen. Ayogu Eze of APC who trailed behind with 10,423 votes.
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