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Sen Athan Achonu, the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the recently concluded gubernatorial election in Imo State, expressed confidence that he will attain justice through the legal system.
Achonu affirmed his complete trust in the judiciary, believing it will deliver justice and rectify the grievances suffered by the people of Imo State in the November 11, 2023, gubernatorial election.
Achonu, during an interaction with journalists at his Abuja residence, expressed strong disapproval of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for denying the party and its legal team access to BVAS records, contrary to an active court order.
‘I believe there are still judges in our judiciary who are still upright. My prayer is to come across one of them in my case.’
‘There was no coalition at the ward level during the election, there was cluster voting in Osu; a government official took truck loads of thugs to vote.’
‘Bayelsa State with 8 local government areas took three days to collate the results of the elections held there, Imo State with 27 local governments collated its results within two hours. This is what Nigeria has become.’
‘INEC has refused to allow us to inspect the BVAS. President Bola Tinubu was in the streets protesting for justice during the June 12 (1993) crisis, he can’t allow this to happen.’
‘I understand that he and the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma are members of the same party but justice and fairness should not be about party.’
‘INEC is collapsing under the current chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, if he is no longer in charge he should come out and tell Nigerians that his officers are no longer obeying his instructions.’
‘My appeal to President Tinubu is that please, don’t let us descend into chaos, halt this decline,’ he said.