Chijioke Edeoga, a candidate for the Labour Party (LP) in the just completed governorship election in Enugu State, has accused both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of rigging the poll.
The former local government chairman, commissioner, and House of Representatives member asserted that evidence indicates that LP won the election in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph.
While expressing optimism in recovering his position, Edeoga pointed out that it would be absurd to claim that the LP lost the governorship election in Enugu State given the party’s electoral victories in the presidential, national assembly, and state assembly elections.
Edeoga said: “In the presidential election, LP recorded more than 80 percent success. Most of the votes cast in Enugu State were cast for LP. In the National Assembly elections, which went on concurrently, out of the eight House of Representatives seats, LP won seven clearly and convincingly; out of the two senatorial positions that were contested that day, LP won one convincingly, in fact, defeating the incumbent governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with a margin of more than 50,000 votes.
“What is on the ground is that LP won clearly two senatorial seats in Enugu State against the three that are available. LP won seven House of Representatives seats out of the eight that are available; LP won 14 House of Assembly seats out of the 24 that are available.
“So, the award of victory to PDP (in the governorship), which INEC did working in collaboration with INEC officers in Enugu and Abuja, flies against what is evident on the ground as expressed through the number of victories that LP secured.”
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