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Nigeria’s opposition party, the Labour Party has described yesterday’s House of Representatives re-run election in Igbo-Eze/Udenu federal constituency, Enugu State, as a sham even as it called for a total cancellation of the exercise.
Alhaji Umar Farouk who is the national secretary of the party, who led its monitoring team to polling stations involved in the by-elections on Saturday, told journalists that due process was not followed.
He asserted that accreditation was compromised, result sheets were hijacked, and BVAS machines were disregarded while voters were not allowed to exercise their right to vote.
The LP national secretary, who addressed the press in the company of the party’s House of Representatives candidate, Dennis Agbo, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately cancel elections in areas where illegalities have been reported.
In his comments, Dennis Agbo also called for the immediate and total cancellation of the supplementary election. He accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of using the local government vigilante to intimidate LP supporters.
Agbo said LP members were chased away from polling booths by the local vigilantes and further alleged that INEC officials took instructions from PDP officials and allowed voting to take place in private houses.
Also, Senator Kelvin Chukwu (Enugu East) and the member representing Enugu North/South Federal Constituency, Hon. Chimaobi Sam Atu have lashed out at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) REC for Enugu State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwu accusing him of withholding sensitive election materials, including collation (form EC8D) and result (form EC8E) sheets.
The lawmakers also accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of colluding with the electoral umpire to write results of the bye-election and wanting to use same to declare its candidate, Sam Ngene, winner of the by-election holding in Enugu South Urban state constituency.