Monday, April 18, 2011

Enugu CPC demands cancellation

The CPC "Congress for Progressive Change" in Enugu State has rejected the result of Saturday presidential polls saying it was fraught with irregularities.

The party also called for an investigation of the ballot papers and result sheets to ascertain the authenticity of the votes cast during the election.

According to the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan got 802,144 votes to beat Muhammadu Buhari of the CPC who got 3,753.

Nuhu Ribadu of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) polled 1,755, Ibrahim Shekarau of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) 1,111; and Chris Okotie of Fresh Party 228.

But the CPC governorship candidate in the state, Osita Okechukwu, while addressing newsmen yesterday, alleged that members of the PDP in the state connived with officials of INEC and their ad-hoc staff to allocate votes to the parties.

“Our conclusion on what transpired in Enugu State and indeed the South East zone is allocation of votes to the PDP by INEC officials and their NYSC staff in an unholy alliance with the security agencies,” he said.

“There were also gross irregularities and a breach of the Electoral Act during the election. Voters were induced with food items, drinks and money in the areas we monitored the process.”

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