Three days to the re-run elections on the inconclusive April 11 governorship and House of Assembly polls in Imo State, the state leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday called for outright cancellation of the entire exercise over alleged electoral frauds.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state had declared the election inconclusive and fixed April 25 for the re-run of the poll as a result of electoral violence and malpractices which characterised the elections.
Addressing journalists at the PDP state headquarters, Owerri, the Chairman of the party, Chief Nnamdi Anyaehie, alleged that there were massive frauds orchestrated by INEC officials during the April 11 gubernatorial elections.
Anyaehie alleged that the ward Electoral Officers, local government Returning Officers and some INEC officials were invited to government house on the eve of April 11 poll by the All Progressives congress (APC’s) Governor Rochas Okorocha and offered them between N1 million to N5 million respectively to rig the elections to their favour.
He said despite the alarm raised by the PDP, the Commission went ahead to deploy them to various wards and LGAs to conduct the elections.
According to him, there was selective deployment of card reader machines to PDP stronghold while manual accreditation of voters was carried out in APC dominated areas.
He further alleged that the results of its members that won Imo West Senatorial zone (Orlu zone), Okigwe North Federal Constituency and Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West federal constituency have been tampered by the INEC officials, stressing that the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Gabriel Adah, assured the party that the matter is being handled internally by the commission.
The PDP boss claimed that the INEC’s compromised officials have continued unabated falsifying and deducting results of PDP members that had won their elections.
According to him, the electoral commission deployed no customised results sheets used to write jumbo results in favour of the APC, citing Ideato North, Ideato South, Onuimo, Mbaitoli, Ikeduru, Orlu and Okigwe LGAs.
He therefore expressed shock that despite the alleged electoral frauds and violence that marred Oru East, Owerri West and Mbaitoli Houses of Assembly elections, the commission failed to call for a re-run of elections in the affected areas.