Abia elders allege falsification of state’s governorship election, want Ikpeazu declared winner

A group of Abia leaders, under the aegis of the Ukwa Ngwa Elders and Ukwa Ngwa Professionals, has decried what they called “the intransigence of the Independent National Electoral Commission officials in attempting to manipulate the outcome of the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election in Abia State in favour of a candidate”.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos on Friday, the group questioned how a set of officials can conduct elections into two offices in one location, under the same circumstances and declare the result of one as fair and valid, and another inconclusive.

The leader of Ukwa Ngwa Elders, Emmanuel Adaelu, while calling on INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, to intervene and save Abia from a crisis that might damage the hard earned good reputation of the electoral umpire, alleged that some INEC officials have personal interests in the gubernatorial election and should not have been entrusted with adjudicating on a matter of personal interest to them for the sake of upholding the principles of natural justice.’

According to him, ‘the returning officer in the election, Prof Ozumba is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, UNN, a university that just conferred an honorary doctorate degree on Alex Otti, the gubernatorial standard bearer for the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, while the resident electoral officer, Prof Okoh is the same contestant’s cousin. INEC ought to have considered these peculiar relationships in appointing officials to manage the gubernatorial election in Abia State’.

The current situation, the community leaders insist, is threatening the peace in Abia State as youths are being restrained by the elders from demanding, forcefully, the release of the guber results conducted on April 11, 2015.

He maintained that his people have implicit confidence in the INEC and retain hopes that the umpire will do the right thing as had been done in other states with similar cases as Abia such as Rivers and Akwa Ibom.

“We have restrained the youths from taking the law into their hands by assuring them that INEC under Prof Jega will do the right thing and release the results as there is empirical evidence that demonstrated probity. This is our belief. We call on Prof Jega to do what is right and order the immediate release of the Abia gubernatorial result, knowing that the State House of Assembly election that held at the same time with the gubernatorial election has been released,” Mr. Adaelu said.

A prominent member of the group, and a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, said Abia people had decided to cry out for justice by filling a formal petition at INEC with the facts of the matter well laid out.

According to the petition, the group said, “From the results collated from the 17 Local Government Areas of the State, Dr Victor Ikpeazu of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is leading his closest rival, Dr Alex Otti of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA with more than 83,000 votes.

“Surprisingly, two days after collation was concluded and after earlier moves of the key electoral officers to cancel the election failed, the Abia RO and REC, resorted to citing non-existent acts of violence and non-compliance with electoral laws, and announced the cancellation of results from a number of specified electoral units spread over some eight local government areas and with registered voters totaling some 177,000 votes altogether.

“The simple reason for doing this is to give an undue advantage to their preferred candidate, Dr Alex Otti of APGA in those carefully chosen electoral units where he has strength in the bid to frustrate the wishes of electorates in Abia State to elect their preferred candidate, Dr Victor Ikpeazu of PDP and rob him of his well deserved victory at the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election at Abia State.”

The leaders enjoined Mr. Jega to listen to the yearnings of the people and order an immediate release of the result of the Abia guber election in the interest of equity.

The group accused Mr. Otti of plotting to scuttle the wishes of the Abia electorate so as to force himself on Abia State as governor.

Mr. Wabara added, “We are calling on the INEC Chairman, Prof Atahiru Jega to nip the incipient crisis in the bud by either ordering the immediate release of the result of the gubernatorial election conducted in Abia State on April 11, 2015 or redeploying the two principal officers, the Abia State Returning Officer, Prof. V. C. Ozumba and Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Selina Okoh whose objectives are questionable.

“We cannot guarantee what will happen if the people feel convinced that the INEC under Prof Jega cannot let them democratically elect their governor.”

Another prominent member of the group, a former director-general of the National Directorate of Employment, Chukwu Wachukwu, said he was at home to cast his vote for the said elections, which he described as peaceful, free and fair.

He noted that “it is alarming that the electoral officer claimed she got a telephone call from Abuja to declare the election inconclusive. When Prof Jega denied placing such call, she switched position, placing her reason on the observation of an international electoral observer.”

Mr. Wachukwu added, “It is unacceptable to us and we will resist it with every known civil, legal and democratic process.”


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  • Proud Yoruba

    These fat asses are sitting in Lagos and talking about Abia, why not go to Abia to talk about it to your people, wetin concern Lagos with your problems? And how won’t you have problems, after interfering with Lagos election, you think things will go well for your region. I beg go back to your villages and work to develop your own land and stop roaming around Lagos or other SW states.

  • Abiadimna

    Sincerely Heaven knows that even unborn child of Abia state wants Dr. ALEX OTTI. Our vote must count.T.A Orji has destroyed Abia State with his evil son Chinedu Orji who claims to be Engr. Please COREN there’s need to stripe that COREN and NSE membership from such a barbaric and killer called Chinedu Orji who think he can impose PDP to Abians. We shall arise to resist any attempt of imposing corrupted and killers to lead Abians.

    We stand for good governance Dr Alex Otti is our answer .Thank you Dr. ALEX OTTI , Almighty GOD and people of Abians are with you.

  • McAlfred Uta

    Thank God it is a corrupt former Senate President you are referring to as an Elder. Why don’t you ask OBJ if Wabara is an honest elder. Where is Hallmark Bank ran by his brother. My father told me that if an elder sees the truth and decide to lie, stay quiet or even cover up sort of, his ancestors are beckoning on him to join them. Wabara and these rented crowd now belong to infamy and will soon test the real vintage of traditional nativity.

    • okey anodo

      Even the unborn child knows that there was election.The truth about the Abia election is that we the Abians can not be imposed to a party in the Name of APGA,CLAIMING TO BE Igbo party.let APGA Govern Anambra and no body can dictate to us the party to vote for in the name of APGA,.when it comes to part level

      Dr,Okezie is the choice of people so also you claim otti to be to others.. You should know that a looser must complain for one thing or the other It is in the Holy book,when the woman stole a fellow woman child,she insisted that the child be divided into two but wisdom counts at last. Otti knows too well that he is a failure, despite the money he borrowed from Anambra state Government all to ensure that APGA,SUCCEED in ABIA,but no way we are not into IGBO party level..We know how much he gave to his cousin the ,the REC AND VC,nothing hidden under the SUN..

      Most of you the illiterate ones has been calling okezie all sorts of names but as an educated person,have YOU heard him say anything or abuse his safe acclaimed opponent,Alex otti,Have you? NO.Do YOU know that the name Okezie is in the Holy BOOK,BIBLE, The bible said that the First shall be the last while IKPEAZU shall be the first. HURRAY.SO SAID THE HOLY BOOK.
      Who is a Victor? a victor is one who goes to contest and won.
      Who is Okezie,?Okezie is the most designed creature from God.
      Who is IKPEAZU ? IKPEAZU IS THE MEEK ONE IN BIBLE AND GOD USE THE TIPS OF HIS MIGHTY FINGER TO RAISE HIM TO THE FIRST POSITION
      Touch not my anointed,that my vengeance shall not rest upon you and your entire household and family.
      Now come to OTTI, DO YOU KNOW THE MEANING OF OTTI,
      THE FULL MEANING IS KNOW OOOO OTTIO.
      His name is Dr,Alex Ottio ooooooo
      MEANING ALEX NOWAY

      whenever his name otti is mentioned it means know.

      OTTIOO- KNOW OTTIO KNOW

      Most of you guys are pushing ALEX TO BE INVESTIGATED BY EFCC, IS HE NOT A CIVIL SERVANT,PLACED UNDER SALARY? DONT FORGET THAT GEN,BUHARI IS TAKING OVER. BE WARNED.

      OKEZIE WILL REBUILD ABIA,ABA PRECISELY ,OHAFIA,BENDE ,ETC,
      REMEMBER,OKEZUO ABIA, ANYA UKWU ALAA

  • kurt

    bad elders who are the enemy of progress, everyone know there was no election in those LGA, infact TA Orji played a bad game in those manipulated result, we all know there is less than 50% turn in almost all Nigeria wards, but here there was over 90 percent turn out, without card reader, i personally watch the video evidence that show no election was held in those place, where are those voters from, Orji has polluted the mind of this Ngwa people, may God deliver us from his hand

  • Kenny

    See Abia “Elders”! That title isn’t right for corrupt and evil men seeking personal benefits. It is very clear that Abia did not vote for Ikuku (aka Ikpeazu) as Governor of Abia State. In your “elderly” dreams, so you believe Obingwa, Osisoma and the other LGA where rigging was its zenith, polled almost half of the entire votes cast in the state? Shame on you all! God has already liberated Abia people from the iron cage of TA Orji and his son. Your evil machinations cannot stand. The people of Abia State has voted for change and do not allow yourselves to truncate the wishes of the people. You are now accusing the Abia REC and RO? Is that a clear case of using attack as defence? Remember the same REC cancelled the results of the 3 “over-rigged” LGAs based on clear evidence of rigging and violation of electoral rules, but when your godfather (TA Orji) visited the same INEC officials, they reversed the cancellation. Who is fooling who?? How can Ikpeazu secure over 80K votes in an LGA and the people’s choice gets a paltry 1000? Where did the voters come from? The results from the polling booths are available. We know the INEC will do the right thing. Those rigged numbers should be expunged and a re-run in all the 3 LGAs held. Abia Elders, where have you been during this 8 years? How is your Ngwa City, Aba? We should learn to tell ourselves the truth, as that is the only way for progress to come to the state.

    • Francis Nzelu

      Shameless elders.

      • okey anodo

        Well Mr,Francis Nzelu, you have shown to the people that you lack parental upbringing by your unrully ultrances what a shame to you family.Going by your name really shows that you are not from ABIA,like the proverbial saying,ABIA KNOWS ABIANS.

        It is a obvious fact that ALEX OTTI,is not the peoples CHOICE as you claim.The peoples choice just like our outgoing president,most abide the ethics and principle of electoral act,JUST as the real peoples choice Dr,Okezie who got his Doctorate degree at a tender age while Otti bought his own from the Nsukka University,what a shame to the same institution that the VC,HAS PULLED DOWN the academic standard .

        The VC, has made the UNN,post UTME as a money venture program,I took my son there last year I know what happened and how he run the institution, .The truth is the INEC,never investigated the VC, as to know him well before giving him such sensitive appointment. but having the character that he cannot hide,still brought him out for the world to know him as a man of questionable character.

        As for you Francis Nzelu,FOR AMENSSULTING THE eLDERS,YOU WILL NOT GROW old,A

  • peaceometer

    No elder statemen in the east, they are elder slavemen