The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has expressed apprehension regarding the postponement in announcing the legitimate victors of the governorship elections in Abia and Enugu states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a press release on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the coalition’s President General, Goodluck Ibem, emphasized that the outcomes of the Saturday elections in the two states should not be doctored or altered.
COSEYL claimed that there are schemes to tamper with the results of the March 18 governorship elections in Enugu and Abia and pointed fingers at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for attempting to fabricate votes.
“As youth leaders of the South East geopolitical zone, it will be wrong to keep quiet when things are not going the way it should be, hence our resolve to come out and say the truth the way it should be,” the statement read.
“In Abia State, the results of 16 local government areas of the state have been released before the introduction of the controversial result from Obingwa Local Government Area of the state was brought to Abia State Collation centre, a local government where it was reported that INEC officials were beaten black and blue to compromised or change the elections figures.
“The Obingwa East state constituency results as announced by INEC on the same day the governorship election was conducted showed that the total number of people that voted in Obingwa East and West, which are the two state constituencies that make up Obingwa Local Government Area, is 27, 912.
“If 27,912 people voted in the said election, from where did the PDP get 108,000 votes?
“We call on INEC, not to delay, but announce the rightful winner of the governorship election in Abia State and Enugu State in order to calm frayed nerves in both states.
“Any attempt to announce the wrong person as the winner of the governorship elections in Abia State and Enugu State will lead to protests worse than EndSARS.”