As the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC prepares for a re-run election in some polling units at the nine local government areas in Abia State tomorrow, a socio-political group known as South East Progressives Assembly, SEPA, has berated the South-West chapter of Ohaneze Nd”Igbo for ‘being driven by sentiment to campaign for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and its gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti’
In a statement titled “Ohaneze Nd”Igbo: APGA in Disguise” jointly signed by Ebere Uzoukwa and Comrade Munonye Maximus, President and Secretary of the group respectively, the group maintained that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP won the Abia governorship election, having defeated his closest rival, Dr. Alex Otti of APGA with 83,053 votes.
The statement reads: “One of the most prominent socio-cultural groups in the South East geo-political zone – Ohanaeze Nd”Igbo is beginning to lose its credibility by approbating and reprobating on the pages of some national dailies over the outcome of the Abia state guber election, which the Independent National Election Commission, INEC, declared inconclusive.
“The South West zone of the organisation in a recent publication claimed that the guber candidate of APGA – Dr. Alex Otti won the election with majority of the votes cast. In another breath, Ohaneze called for fresh guber polls in Abia State through a publication credited to its national publicity secretary – Okpalaukwu Okpalaezeukwu on the ground that the election in Abia State was marred by gross irregularities and unprecedented rigging.
“First, INEC did not declare the APGA candidate, Dr. Alex Otti as the winner of the election and neither did he score the highest number of votes as purportedly claimed by Ohanaeze. It is apparently on record from INEC source, both in the print and electronic media that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of PDP took the lead with 248,459 votes while Dr. Alex Otti managed to poll only 165,406 votes’’.