APGA Governor Candidate Nweke Rejects The Victory Of The PDP In Enugu
Peter Mbah, the candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, was declared the victor and governor-elect in Enugu State’s governorship election on Saturday. The All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Frank Nweke Jr.
The governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday were described by Nweke, a former minister of information, as an assault on democracy. He insisted that the elections were not free, fair, or credible, and as a result, he could not accept the results as representing the desires of the people of Enugu State.
He expressed gratitude to the electorate for placing their hope and trust in his candidacy and said it had given him and his team more motivation. It is still the case today.
“The elections have come and gone, and with it a multitude of infringements on our democratic process, an assault on our desires and our hope for our great state. I celebrate everyone who came out to participate in the democratic process in spite of the challenges, threats and intimidation reported across the state.
“Your determination is a sign of the awakening that has taken place; and I encourage you to keep your hope alive. Do not despair and do not be discouraged by the unfortunate challenges that have beset our current democratic experience.
“I often said during my campaign that I would offer my congratulations and best wishes to whoever emerged in a fair and transparent manner. This election was far from fair and certainly, not transparent.
“The violence, thuggery, intimidation, use of divisive sentiments, and the weaponisation of poverty against our people, which the Peoples Democratic Party deployed in the course of the campaign and the elections reflect the desperation of the Party to hold on to power against the will of the people. It was never about service or the good of ndi Enugu; and the impunity with which these wicked acts were carried out is sickening.”
He noted that just before midnight on Friday, March 17, 2023, another piece of propaganda was released and distributed aggressively to insinuate that he had stepped down for Peter Mbah, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.
The recurrent lie may be referred to as a “political strategy” but we must call a lie what it is – the absence of integrity, a quality most desired in our government today, he said. He also revealed that on the day of the election, agents and canvassers at polling units told voters the same story that I had stepped down on the morning of the election.
Speaking further, he alleged that on the same morning of the election, town criers travelled through several communities in Enugu State ordering anyone who would not vote in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party to stay home.
“The House of Assembly candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance for Udenu Constituency was attacked and almost killed on the morning of the election, while five polling units within his jurisdiction were cordoned off by police and military officers.
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“At various polling units across the State, PDP thugs, party members, hired criminals and some compromised members of the police and military threatened voters at polling units and chased those who could not be bought over or intimidated into voting for the PDP. In Nsukka, voters recorded and reported gunshots at polling units allegedly instigated by the Labour Party.”
The former minister claimed that the PDP in desperate efforts to rig the election, secured the assistance of the INEC agents to rig the election, offering cash or issuing threats as the situation demanded.
“Only a few polling unit agents uploaded their results directly on IREV as provided by INEC, and fake result sheets were used to rewrite and manipulate the results of vote counts at the polling units before the falsified results of the elections were uploaded to the IREV. Some of these result sheets are also completely blurred on the portal.
He also said the collation centres at the local government headquarters were completely hijacked by thugs and compromised security operatives, and party agents other than the agents of the PDP were not allowed access to any stage of the collation process until Sunday morning.
And that at 7:20 pm on election day, shots were fired sporadically at the Nkanu West collation centre in Agbani, while the military stood aside and watched. Similar breaches of the law and subversion of the electoral process occurred across many locations in the state, Nweke said.
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