The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter in Imo state has demanded the cancellation of the April 11 polls in the state.
The party chairman in the state, Chief Nnamdi Anyaehie, made this call during a press briefing yesterday and accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of rigging the polls.
Irregularities cited by the PDP included the faulty card reader machines used in PDP strongholds, and the alleged inducement of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officers to write results in favour of the APC.
Another issue raised by the PDP was the falsification of poll results in Ezinihitte Mbaise and Oru East local government areas, thereby overturning the results scored by the PDP.
“There was also the writing of results with non-customised result sheets, which party agents were forced to sign at gunpoint, especially in Ideato North, Nkwerre, Ideato South, Oru West, Nwangele, Isu, Ikeduru and other areas,” Anyaehie said.
The PDP accused the INEC of not being consistent in the reduction of the number of polling units earlier announced for the supplementary election scheduled for next Saturday.
He said: “It beats our imagination why INEC should give Ideato South a clean bill of health when there were reported cases of electoral violence in Umuobom, Ogboko, Umuchima, Obiohia, Isiekenesi and a number of other wards.”
The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, one of the elder statesman of the APC, is aiming to be the only APC governor from the South East, South South region which is predominantly PDP controlled.