Ugwuanyi wins in Enugu, APC asks INEC to cancel poll

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and a member of the House of Representatives, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has won the governorship election in Enugu State.

Ugwuanyi defeated his closest rival, Okey Ezea of the All Progressives Congress, with a wide margin, after winning in all the 17 local government areas in the state, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

However, the All Progressives Congress has called for the cancellation of the result of the governorship election.

The governorship candidate of the APC, Ezea, who addressed journalists at his campaign office in company with the party’s chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, alleged that the poll was marred by irregularities and violence perpetrated by the PDP.

The APC urged INEC to conduct a fresh election in the state.

Ezea, who had lost to the PDP in previous governorship polls, said, “Every four years, we are made to believe that there will be free and fair elections. We put in all our efforts and resources but at the end of the day, we find out that the election is nothing but a scam.

“The supposed election of yesterday (Saturday) was nothing but a sham.

“It was marred by electoral violence, intimidation, harassment, ballot box snatching and physical injuries on APC sympathisers by PDP thugs.”

Ezea alleged that Ugwuanyi and the PDP “imported more than 5000 thugs into Enugu State, particularly in the Nsukka area,” during the election.

He added that INEC’s directive that voting should not take place in places where result sheets were not available was not complied with.

According to him, INEC officials sold result sheets to the PDP.

“At the end of the day, we found out that the result sheets were actually sold out before the election.

“INEC sold more than half of the PVCs in Enugu State to the PDP,” he added.

Continuing, Ezea alleged that “there was a deliberate policy” to ensure that voting did not take place in his village.

He alleged that thugs hired by the PDP broke the head of his elder brother while carting away ballot materials at his ward in Itchi village.

“As far as we are concerned, there was no election in Enugu State and we call on INEC to conduct a fresh election,” he stressed.

Alleging that the Returning Officer, Prof. Ezoga, “was President Goodluck Jonathan’s classmate”, the APC flagbearer noted that those who conducted the polls in Enugu State were all ‘PDP members.’

Already, the chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Ben Nwoye, has forwarded a petition titled ‘Request for cancellation of the general election held on April 11, 2015, in Enugu State’ to INEC.

In the petition, which was submitted at the INEC office in Enugu on Sunday, the APC rejected the results from all the 17 local government areas in Enugu State.

Results of the governorship election held on Saturday are as follows:

Aninri LGA – PDP 39216, APC 886

Enugu North LGA – PDP 17829, APC 2050

Enugu South LGA – PDP 15889, APC 16333

Ezeagu LGA – PDP 32995, APC 1307

Igboetiti LGA – PDP 21524, APC 2256

Igboeze North LGA – PDP 51948, APC 2482

Igboeze South LGA – PDP 18120, APC 6231

Isiuzo LGA – PDP 21651, APC 1813

Nkanu East LGA – PDP 12571, APC 975

Nkanu West LGA – PDP 16683, APC 1148

Nsukka LGA – PDP 41625, APC 9416

Oji River LGA – PDP 13484, APC 2394

Udenu LGA – PDP 40120, APC 1463

Udi LGA – PDP 26892, APC3934

Uzo Uwani LGA – PDP 17947 APC 1915

Enugu East LGA – PDP 63660, APC 2062

Awgu LGA – PDP 30123, APC 1874.


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