Over 2000 youths drawn from the 17 local government areas of Abia State yesterday besieged the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Umuahia, protesting the results of the National Assembly Elections.
The protesters maintained that he outcome of the National Assembly elections was not the true reflection of the voting pattern.
The youths, who carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘Local Government Headquarters are Rigging Centres,’ ‘Stop Sharing our Votes,’ ‘INEC, Our Votes Must Count,’ and ‘Democracy is not all about Rigging,’ insisted on hearing directly from the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Professor Selina Oko, but were barred by security agents from surging into the INEC premises.
Addressing the protesters after submitting their grievances to the REC, their leader, Nkem Nwosu appealed to them to disperse peacefully after getting the assurance of the REC to look into their grievances.
“The message has been handed over to INEC and they have promised to look into the grievances, I want you to disperse from here satisfied that your grievance has been taken to the appropriate quarters,” he said.
He continued: “We have articulated our grievance over the rigging in the last Saturday election; it’s put down on paper here. We have advised the REC what to do in the interest of peace and it has been submitted to her.”
Nigerian Pilot reports that as at the time of filing this report, the result of the Abia North senatorial zone is yet to be declared, even as the candidates were at INEC state headquarters trading accusations.
It was gathered that as a result of the crisis in the area during the election, a there was deployment of security personnel to take the result to the INEC state headquarters in Umuahia.
But since Monday morning no official announcement regarding the result has been made.
There were contradictions yesterday as the PDP candidate, Mao Ohuabunwa claimed to have won the election since the REC said the result declared at the zonal offices stood accepted, while the APGA candidate, David Ogba Onuoha said APGA won in the zone.

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