The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of the March 18 State House of Assembly elections as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It vowed to deploy all lawful means to recover all the seats won by the candidates of the party during the polls.

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The party, in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Collins Opurozor accused the administration of Senator Hope Uzodimma of unleashing violence, abducting electoral officials and falsifying poll results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to the PDP, the APC government carried out the ballot manipulation and violence after voting and collation of results when it dawned on it that it had thoroughly been pummeled at the poll.

Opurozor said; “By the time voting ended on Saturday and over eighty percent of the results declared at the polling units, it had become clear that PDP won landslide in majority of the twenty-seven constituencies of the state. 

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“Then, the APC regime of Senator Hope Uzodimma returned with the only option which they know how to do, namely the use of state violence to abduct INEC officials, cart away election materials, falsify results and impose their lackeys on Imo people as winners.

“This administration of Senator Uzodinma which foundation is rooted in immorality, treachery, usurpation of popular mandate and debasing of democratic institutions and values has finally set Imo State on fire!”

The PDP spokesman revealed the sordid incident that took place in Isu Local Government Area where known APC leaders stormed the collation centre with a convoy of 50 vehicles, two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and a band of militiamen, who shot a stalwart of the PDP and brutalized others.

According to him; “At about 9pm in Isu LGA on Saturday, when collation was done by over 90% and PDP had convincingly won the election, well-known APC leaders came in a convoy of over fifty vehicles, two armoured personnel carriers conveying armed military men, police, Ebubeagu militiamen and thugs.

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“They began to shoot heavily, directly attacking PDP leaders and agents, and in the process Chief Magnus Uzoma, who is the Chairman of Isu LGA Campaign Council of our party was shot and left badly injured in a pool of blood. 

“Mr. Charles Osakwe, PDP Collation Agent in the LGA, was also beaten to a pulp with guns and machetes and left half dead by APC-backed militiamen.

“Two PDP youths, Mr. Chigozie Izunwanne and Comrade Chinonso Onwezi, were also attacked and brutalized by APC militiamen, and it is still miraculous that they are alive today. In this way, APC hijacked the results and falsified them just to upturn our victory”.

He listed other council areas where the APC carried out such raids and rigging to include Onuimo, Aboh Mbaise, Ideato North, Ihitte Uboma, Oguta, Ohaji/Egbema, Owerri West, Isiala Mbano, Nwangele, Nkwerre, Ezinihitte Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Njaba.

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The party spokesman further alleged that voting materials were not deployed in 60 percent of the Orlu Local Government Area but were rather given to the APC leaders who dashed to the headquarters of the council to thumb-print for the APC under the watch of thugs, militiamen and security men.

Opurozor said the electoral malfeasance against Imolites was committed in active collaboration of some corrupt INEC officials, the Resident Electoral Commissioner and security men.

The party therefore urged the INEC to review the falsified results of the Assembly polls in accordance with the law and without delay announce the authentic results and declare its candidates winners.

The party also expressed gratitude to the people of the state for trooping out en masse to elect the candidates of the party, assuring that not a single seat won by the PDP would be stolen.


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