PDP winning Imo despite trailing with wide margin, party insists

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

Despite trailing by more than 79,000 votes, with a near-impossible chance of upturning the deficit in the results of the governorship elections so far announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State has said that its candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, is on course to victory.

The Imo State Returning Officer, Ibidapo Obe, had declared the election inconclusive and announced that a supplementary election will hold in some wards across the state because the number of cancelled votes (144,715) was greater than the margin (79,529) between the two leading candidates.

The PDP, however, insists that Mr. Ihedioha “scored a majority of the popular votes cast by the Imo State electorates”.

Speaking to journalist few hours after the election was declared inconclusive, the Chairman of PDP in the state, Nnamdi Anyaehie, said results collated by the party’s agents at wards and local government collation centres show the party’s candidate was leading.

Mr. Anyaehie said there were widespread “manipulations, thuggery, harassment and intimidation visited on the electoral process, INEC officials and the voters”.

He said the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state indulged in widespread ballot box snatching, claiming that the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, was a chief culprit.

He also accused the incumbent governor of “cajoling, intimidating and threatening assigned officials of INEC in their duties”.

Mr. Anyaehie also faulted the Returning Officer for reducing the score of the party’s candidate in Ezinihitte local government.

But PREMIUM TIMES can reliably confirm that the result from Ezinihitte was recalculated after it was discovered that the total number of votes cast as reported by the local government collation officer surpassed the total number of registered voters by over 20,000.

Mr. Anyaehie also complained that Emmanuel Opara, the electoral officer of INEC in Oru East, publicly confessed that she was kidnapped and taken to a secret location where she was forced to enter fictitious results.

He said the PDP will take appropriate steps to reconcile the results of areas affected by irregularities and will seek necessary redress.

He called on the party’s supporters and Imo people to remain calm and peaceful while these issues are resolved.


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  • burning spear

    President Barack Obama’s decision to provide undeclared backing to the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) and General Buhari, violated a long-time American convention of non-interference in the elections of other sovereign nations.

    The series of patronizing actions, sponsored by the White House, culminated in a joint statement on March 30th 2015 by the American Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Mr. Philip Hammond, alleging that the election results “may be subject to deliberate political interference”.

    This broadside was released when the vote collation was still ongoing, thereby casting undue aspersion not only on the entire electoral process and the almost thirty million voters who participated in it, but indeed the nation itself.

    This was the second unsolicited and unwarranted diatribe by the American and British pair, the first being the denigrating joint missive authored by the same duo on March 21st 2015, precisely seven days prior to the election.

    The said election has already occurred, but the repercussions from the historic event shall continue to generate reactions for many days, weeks, months, years and perhaps for all time.

    • Truthometer

      Lagos lagoon is free for you to jump into it. APC convincingly won! Deal with it! If you are smart enough, which I doubt, this is the right time for you and your corrupt party, to start preparing for the next election. Try to be a strong opposition and offer your party again as a credible alternative to APC in the next election. Four years is just around the corner. Stop whining!!!

    • i’ve never seen a well written nonsense, you just broke the record for beautiful write ups filled with beautiful nonsense.

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  • Nkwerre Amaka

    I thought that Nnamdi Anyaehie used to reasonable and articulate before now, but he has just disappointed me. For his information, I do not think that the Chief INEC Officer in Oru East was a man. His reports are full of lies. He could not be straightforward and was mixing false information together. Emmanuel Okpara is a man. I thought the REC in Oru East was Theresa Okpara. But his false information described Emmanuel Okpara as a woman. Lies can never go straight. Thank God that Premium Times corrected immediately the false information he gave about the Result of the Election in Ezinihite Mbaise. Why should such a learned man give false information about what he does not know? He is only crying wolf. Look at a criminal accusing the innocent. There is no doubt that all of you both APC, PDP and APGA rigged but still the wish of the people prevailed. The rescheduled re-run election on which you guys are still hoping will never remedy any situation for you, because the whole world will be watching Imo State as they watched us in 2011. Why not concede the defeat for your men now and practise what GEJ has taught all of us and save the Imolites their Peace? Nnamdi Anyaehie your father may not be happy with you wherever he is because of these lies you are peddling. You are really disappointing your father and what he represented. You have fallen my hand.