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The senatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Abia Central, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) has sent his gratitude to thousands of his party faithful and numerous supporters who trooped out en masse on Saturday, the 25th of February, 2023, and voted for him.
In a statement signed by Pastor Emeka Inyama, Director General, Austin Akobundu Campaign Council and made available to The Eastern Updates on Saturday, he revealed that Akobundu was still studying the results.
The statement reads, ‘I want to use this medium to acknowledge your zeal to elect him into the Red Chambers – the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Though our expectations are yet to be met, I want to appeal to you all to remain calm and law-abiding as we go through this harrowing period.
‘We are studying the various results from the six Local Government Areas that make up Abia Central and will soon make a categorical statement on our next line of action.
“We are not unaware of various issues that marred the Election, such as late arrival of Elections Materials in the Polling Units, thuggery as well as intimidation by our opponents, including the non-conduct of elections in some Polling Units in Osisioma and other LGAs. For example, Election was not held in 42 Units in Osisioma, as well as other LGAs.
“Curiously, with all these anomalies, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which had earlier declared that the Election was inconclusive in some of the Polling Units, suddenly went ahead to announce a Winner. The PDP candidate has directed that we should remain calm and watch out for the next line of action.