Chief Ahamdi Nweke, the agent of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the supplementary elections in Abia, has questioned the authenticity of the result from Obingwa Local Government Area.
Raising objections to the results of Saturday’s re-run election in nine LGAs, Nweke said that the Obingwa result sheet bore the stamp of Umuahia LGA.
The result showed that PDP polled 82,240 votes as against 1,952 scored by APGA. Obingwa is the home local government of the PDP governor-elect, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.
Nweke pleaded repeatedly with the Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, to “take a look at the result sheet, which is with you here.
“All I am asking is for the returning officer to look at the result sheet from Obingwa in the presence of the two INEC national commissioners and commissioners of police.
“The result sheet bears the stamp of Umuahia, which is in another senatorial district; please show it for the world to see,’’ Nweke, a legal practitioner, said.
He also protested the result from Osisioma polling area, saying that the figures in the results sheet were at variance with the results from the polling units.
The result sheets from the polling units were later presented to the collation officers for verification vis-à-vis the collated results.
The APGA agent at the re-run election, who identified himself simply as Uzor, claimed that the results from Osisioma were not collated at the ward level, in spite of his protest.
Uzor further claimed that the electoral materials were forcefully conveyed to the local government collation centre where he was barred by security agents from entering.
“The state returning officer wanted to confirm the allegation with copies from other agents but no other agent was available at the collation centre.’’
Uzor added that the returning officer proceeded to announce the disputed results as collated.
Overall, the returning officer announced that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu got 264,713 votes to defeat the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Alex Otti, who polled 180,882 votes. The gap is just about 84,000 votes.