Enugu polls: UDP kicks, heads to tribunal

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The United Democratic Party (UDP) has called for the cancellation of the March 9 governorship election in Enugu State due to alleged irregularities in the process.

The Spokesperson of the party in the state, Mr Rich Onos made the call after the collation of the final results at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation Centre.

Onos, who is the UDP collation agent, said that he had the mandate of the party to reject the processes leading to the collation of the final results.

He alleged that the total number of votes allotted to the various political parties was by far higher than what was announced at the various polling units as returned by their agents.

“The results so announced are a sharp contrast of what our polling agents returned.

“The turnout of voters on the election day was poor and we do not accept this result. It was manipulated to favour the ruling party,” he said.

Onos said that the election was characterised by irregularities and intimidation of agents of opposition parties, adding:“a certain polling unit in Awgu Local Government Area was cited in the premises of a known PDP chieftain. Our agents were beaten by his thugs,” he said.

Onos said that the party would be challenging the outcome of the election in the Election Petition Tribunal.

However, the Collation Agent of KOWA Party, Mr Chinedu Anuche countered Onos, saying that the election was credible, free and fair, and that all the results announced at the collation centre tallied with the returns their polling agents made.

Responding, the State Collation Officer, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, said that any observation should be put in writing and sent to the appropriate quarters.

“Any report containing your observations and grievances should be put in writing and sent to the appropriate quarters,” Ahaneku said.

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the PDP scored a total of 449, 935 votes to beat his closest rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 10, 423 votes.

The candidate of the UDP scored 1648 votes while his KOWA Party counterpart polled 93 votes.