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Imo guber poll: UPP rejects results, calls for cancellation

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 11:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent

Senior correspondent, Owerri

After the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared  the results of the Imo State Governorship election inconclusive, and has reschedule the supplementary election for Saturday, April 25, the state chapter of the United  Progressive Party (UPP) is calling for the total cancellation of the entire exercise, alleging that the  poll was riddled  with glaring electoral malpractices.

The party’s governorship candidates  Dr. Osmond Imo Ukanacho who made the call while briefing newsmen in Owerri said that the party is armed with  incontrovertible evidence that results from such LGAs as Isu, Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and parts of Owerri municipal were brazenly manipulated dismissing the 2,950 votes said to have been scored by the  party in the election as a sham.

“We cannot accept this figure because it is not even up to the votes we scored in the Ikeduru LGA.” The UPP flagbearer specifically accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of sharing food and money to voters at the polling stations as an inducement to attract their votes.

Dr. Ukanacho who is the founder and CEO of the Osmond Imo Ukanacho Foundation said that  although INEC had declared  the election  inconclusive, his party would not participate in the  re-run even as he dismissed insinuations making the rounds that he is in the race to play  a spoilers  game and to front for  a particular governorship candidate.

“I have not met with any official of the APC and there is no way I can front for any of them because I want a positive change in this state.

He also accused the INEC and the police of complicity in the conduct of the elections claiming that the military was used against us and they gave us 895 votes instead of the accurate votes we scored. We want Jega to come here and handle our case for us to have confidence in INEC”.