The All Progressives Congress, APC, has refused to accept the governorship election outcome in Enugu State which produced, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The state chairman of the state APC, Dr. Ben Nwoye, the governorship candidate, Mr. Okey Ezea and his running mate, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku, unanimously made this stance known during a press brief in the state shortly before the final result was released.
They vowed to take file a suit at the election tribunal for legal action to be taken.
Ugwuanyi polled a whooping of 482,277 votes against his closest rival, who had 43,837 votes.
Ezea said, “What was witnessed yesterday (Saturday) as election was a sham.
‘’There was also ballot box snatching, physical injuries from PDP thugs unleashed on APC supporters. Over 5,000 thugs chased away our supporters. I was almost killed.
“It is a case of police aiding and abetting thuggery, even the INEC staff were compromised too. Therefore, we are saying as far as we are concerned, there was no election in Enugu State.
‘’We, therefore, call on INEC to cancel the election completely and order a fresh one where police from outside the state will come to supervise.”
In reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said “It is not true as police do not vote, but provide security for voters and those conducting election.’’