The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, rejected the results of the senatorial elections held on the 28th of March in Abia Central, which declared the incumbent governor, Theodore Orji, the winner of the elections.
This move by the Commission became necessary after a three-man committee, which was set up to look into the petition, lodged at the INEC Headquarters, Abuja regarding allegation of result manipulation in the state revealed that the governor did not even win the elections in his own polling unit, ward and local government. It was also reported that the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Ahamdi Emmanuel Nweke had out rightly beaten the governor at the polls but was denied due to electoral malpractices orchestrated by some INEC officials at the behest of the governor.
Residents of the state, who were not happy with the emergence of the governor as the senator-elect following his legacy of ineptitude, corruption and misappropriation of state funds, took to the streets in jubilation at the news, saying that at last, the man they voted for, would represent them. It should be recalled that the sunnewsonline on the 3rd of this month reported that the residents of Abia State, who voted in last March 28 elections, expressed shock at the announcement of the governor as the winner of the poll for Abia Central Senatorial District instead of Chief Ahamdi Nweke, the APGA candidate, who they claimed to have voted in his favour.
It should also be recalled that the residents of Aba, the commercial nerve of the state had booed and thrown “pure water” at the state governor when he came to the area for the burial ceremony of the Catholic Bishop of the Aba Diocese, Most Rev Vincent Valentine Ezeonyia.
Speaking to corespondents, Chief Nweke said there was no time he had doubt about his ability to defeat Gov Orji at the poll, stating that his non-performance in office made victory easier for him.
“If I could beat the governor at his polling unit and that of his wife, all in Umuahia, which means total rejection by his kinsmen, where else could he get the votes that will make him to defeat me? Could it be from my own ward and local government? It’s impossible.
“How could people have voted for APGA and they are writing a different result? That’s why I like what INEC at the headquarters is doing; it will restore people’s confidence in the system.
“T.A Orji should emulate President Goodluck Jonathan and concede defeat so that peace will reign in the area. If President Jonathan with all the powers at his beck could concede defeat, why shouldn’t T.A Orji?” he said.
Ahead of the Saturday gubernatorial elections across the country, tension is said to be brewing in Abia State. The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu is said to be having a very hard time convincing the people of his genuine intentions as the actions and inactions of the incumbent governor, who is a PDP stalwart himself has given a bad reputation to his ambition already. The word on the lips of almost every eligible voter in Abia State now is “Alex Otti” who is the gubernatorial candidate for the APGA.