Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha has condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the declaration of Governor Rochas Okorocha of All Progressives Congress, APC, as winner of the governorship election in Imo State.
In a message to people of the state yesterday in Owerri, the Imo state capital, Chief Ihedioha said that that Imo voters showed unalloyed support for him and his party, the PDP, but regretted that their votes were never allowed to count by the commission.
According to him, “In spite of instances of identified electoral malpractices, including the arrest of over 25 INEC staff who conspired with opposition to manipulate and change the results of the elections already declared in favour of PDP; in spite also of public confession of an INEC Returning Officer who was forced under gunpoint, INEC declared false results in favour of the APC in the gubernatorial election.”
Also, he lamented, “…several arrests of fully armed men impersonating police officers and recorded inducement of the commission’s officials at Government House Owerri on the eve of the election as captured in photographs, audio and video recordings by local and international observers.”
In addition, he alleged proven widespread incidents of swapping of PDP votes in favour of APC, stressing that all the ills that characterised the exercise on April 11 and 25 eroded the validity and credibility of the process but INEC went ahead to declare the APC candidate winner.
“As a democrat and law abiding citizen, I wish to acknowledge the declaration of the results by INEC. We will study the details of the results announced very carefully and communicate our position in near future,” he submitted.
In conclusion, the defeated governorship hopeful called on members of the PDP and entire people of the state to remain calm and maintain the peace while also keeping alive the dream of rebuilding Imo State together.

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