The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare its governorship candidate in Abia State, Victor Okezie Ikpeazu, winner of the State governorship election.
This was the fallout of a joint press conference on Tuesday by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Senator-elect, Mao Ohuabunwa.
They faulted the Returning Officer for Abia State governorship election, Professor Benjamin Ozumba for declaring the election inconclusive based on the number of voters said to have been disenfranchised.
INEC has scheduled this Saturday for governorship supplementary election between PDP and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti.
During the April 11 governorship poll in Abia State, the number of registered voters was put at 1, 217, 632 while 439, 454 people cast their votes. INEC allegedly declared 179, 000 disenfranchised.
PDP said it was ready for the supplementary election but that INEC ought to have declared Ikpeazu the governor-elect based on the number of votes scored by the candidates.
According to the party, INEC declared the election inconclusive based on the difference between the total number of registered voters and votes cast during the election.
However Senator Abaribe said “INEC went fishing beyond people who came to vote. We want INEC to take another look at the result and declare Dr. Victor Okezie Ikpeazu winner of the governorship election in Abia state”.
He maintained that PDP has petitioned the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega and will visit Abia State to register their protest.
He also insisted on the use of accredited independent election observers for the polls to ensure the transparency of the polls, jut as they blamed the military for colluding with INEC officials to deny PDP victory in Abia, Imo and Taraba States.