PDP alleges irregularities in Ngor Okpala bye-election, seeks cancelletion of result
By Valentine Amanze
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the result of the bye-election in Ngor Okpala, which was won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend.
It alleged that the election, which held on February 26, 2022, was full of irregularies including intimidation, harassment and rigging by the APC and law-enforcement agencies and groups such the Police, Army DSS, Navy, Airforce, armed thugs and Hopism Strike Force.
Besides, the opposition party called on INEC to immediately move for the arrest and prosecution of all those implicated in this heist as contained in the Electoral Act and save the nation’s democracy.
In a statement issued by the state party chairman, Engr. Charles Ugwu, titled, “INEC must save democracy in Imo State,” the PDP condemned the unprofessional and anti-democratic conduct of the government security agencies and also the support they enjoyed from Governor Hope Uzodimma in the bye-election.
The PDP stated: “We condemn in strong terms the unprofessional and anti-democratic conduct of these institutions of state and their agents which is an affront on the integrity of the New Electoral Act.
“It is important that Nigerians note the unabetting impunity perpetrated by Hope Uzodinma, illegitimate occupier of Douglas House. It is on record that Uzodinma has in his criminal desperation to assume power in the state, inflicted a very deep cut on our democracy. This time, his antics will fail.
“This new law has made it incontrovertible that democracy is imperilled in Imo State, and this cannot be allowed to happen.
“We therefore call on the INEC to:
- Outrightly cancel the Saturday, February 26, 2022 bye-election in Ngor Okpala, as any outcome from such a babaric invasion and warfare will only reflect the manipulations of Hope Uzodinma and his band of electoral fraudsters, and not the will of Ngor Okpala people.
- We call on INEC to order an immediate recount of ALL the materials and Votes and reconcile them with the BVAS data. We further call on INEC to direct its HOD Ops Fidelis Uguru to ensure the security and safety of all the materials and data deployed in the Ngor Okpala bye election to ensure a thorough recount as any story of loss of material or destruction of materials will be prove ongoing suspicions of compromise by the commission.
- We call on INEC to take steps to immediately move for the arrest and prosecution of all those implicated in this heist as contained in the Electoral Act and save our democracy both within and outside the state.
This election is a seriously compromised in every detail. We reiterate our call for a total cancellation.”
The PDP also condemned the alleged partisan and complicit actions of the soon to retire Imo State Commissioner of Police, Hussain Rabiu, stressing that he is a known accomplice of Hope Uzodimma. It stated that Rabiu led the combined teams of armed thugs, security operatives and Uzodimmas Strike Force that also provided cover for appointees of Uzodinma, members of the Imo State House of Assembly and members of House of Representatives of APC, invaded polling units in most parts of the Constituency leaving many half-dead in the pool of their own blood.
A few of the areas affected by the alleged electoral fraud include:
Ward 1 —008 & 016
Ward 2 —015
Ward 3— 002
Ward 4— 005 and 010
Ward 5 – 002, 006, 011
Ward 6— 001, 003, 007, 008,009, 011
Ward 8— 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 011.
Ward 11—002, 004, 010 & 012 and many others.