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Imo PDP supporters protest poll irregularities

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 at 7:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Angry supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday demonstrated against what they tagged `irregularities’ which marred the April 11 governorship and state Assembly elections in Imo State.

The demonstrators, mostly youths and women, blocked one lane of Okigwe Road, Owerri, directly in front of PDP state secretariat, carrying placards with various inscriptions.

Some of the placards read: “Okorocha must go, INEC should allow the mandate of Emeka Ihedioha; “Imo People are tired of Okorocha’s fraudulent system; “PDP is the winner of April 11 polls in Imo’’ among others.

Spokesman of the group, Mr Livinus Njoku, told newsmen that they were PDP supporters from various parts of Imo State who came to demonstrate against irregularities that characterised last Saturday’s polls.

He claimed that the results of the election being announced by INEC did not reflect the true results collated by party agents who participated in the exercise.

He said Chief Emeka Ihedioha, the PDP candidate, defeated Chief Rochas Okorocha, the APC candidate, and the incumbent Governor of the state.

“We institutionalised a mechanism to collate the results the way people voted; but that did not conform to what INEC announced from various local government areas which made it to declare the election inconclusive,’’ he said.

Njoku expressed concern that rather than allow the electorate to decide on who should govern them, INEC officials in Imo decided to abridge the process by changing the figures and declaring the poll inconclusive.