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The Labour Party (LP) has affirmed its dedication to backing its gubernatorial candidate in Imo State, Athan Achonu, in his pursuit to legally contest Governor Hope Uzodimma‘s victory.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that Achonu rejected the result of Saturday’s election and demanded cancellation.
Achonu while addressing newsmen said the election was fraught with irregularities, vote buying and physical assaults of party agents.
The spokesman for the party’s Campaign Organisation, Yunusa Tanko, in his reaction disclosed that they were not surprised by the outcome of the poll following the level of harassment and intimidation their supporters were subjected to.
Tanko said, ‘Achonu is right to reject the election results. Definitely, he will be heading to the court in line with electoral provision to seek redress. That election is nothing but a scam. You know it is something we expected may happen. It is just that we have no power over what is going on in that state.’
‘First, they started with intimidation of our people and also booked all the hotels. Many of our supporters who travelled to work for our candidate’s victory were denied the opportunity of having accommodation and the level of insecurity was so high.“We therefore support any action our Imo candidate is taking, including going to court.’
The incumbent governor, Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the Imo state off season election by the Independent Electoral Commission which was conducted last Saturday.