PPA rejects Abia North re-run election results

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, yesterday, rejected the result of the Abia North Senatorial re-run election conducted last weekend in Abia State.

Orji Uzor Kalu
The NWC vowed to deploy every legal arsenal available to unmask perpetrators of the electoral robbery and retrieve the stolen mandate of PPA’s candidate, Chief Orji Ujor Kalu.

The party’s NWC members, who rose from an emergency meeting in Abuja, particularly rejected the result of the re-run election announced by 1:45pm of Sunday March 6, 2016, in favour of PDP candidate, Mr. Mao Ohabunwa, which they described as daylight robbery.

The NWC therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to revert to the declaration of returning officer, Dr. Ejike Nwankwo by 7:00pm that the results were inconclusive by affirming the cancellation of the controversial polling units in Ohafia and Arochukwu Local Government Areas.”

Accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of complicity, the NWC noted that what happened later the same day was a product of compromise and arm twisting.

It said, “INEC having done its duty fairly and correctly in the morning should never have allowed itself to be prevailed upon to shift ground.”
Recall that the founder of PPA, and former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Ujor Kalu was the party’s candidate for the Abia North senatorial election of March 28, 2015 and subsequently participated in the March 5, 2016 re-run election as ordered by the Court of Appeal.

Rejecting the result of the election it tagged “Daylight Electoral Robbery,” the National chairman of PPA, Chief Peter Ameh, told newsmen in Abuja that the NWC stands by the decision of the returning officer, Dr. Ojike Nwankwo at 7:30am of March 6, 2016.

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According to him, “The National Working Committee of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, strongly disagrees with and rejects the result of the Abia North Senatorial re-run election announced by 1:45pm on March 6, 2016.

“We state that it is indecorous to announce one result in the morning and another in the afternoon.

“We believe that the decision of the returning officer, Dr. Ejike Nwankwo at 7:00pm on March 6, 2016 at the Ohafia collation centre to cancel the results of some poling units in Ohafia and Arochukwu Local governments for irregularities and declaring the election inconclusive thereby, is correct fair and even-handed.

“We state that what happened later same day is a product of compromise and arm-twisting. INEC having done its duty fairly and correctly in the morning should never have allowed itself to be prevailed upon to shift ground.

“We call on INEC to revert to the 7:00pm declaration of the result as inconclusive by affirming the cancellation of the controversial polling units in Ohafia and Arochukwu Local Government Areas.”
Source-Vanguard