Imo North Senatorial District Poll: PDP accuses Returning Officer of infraction
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Imo North Senatorial District Poll: PDP accuses Returning Officer of infraction

Mojeed Oladipupo




The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been asked by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to declare its candidate for Imo North senatorial district, Patrick Ndubueze, as the winner of the March 9 supplementary election in the state.

The poll which started on February 23, was concluded through a supplementary poll after it was inconclusive.

The Publicity Secretary, South East Zone of the opposition party, Pope Chijioke Ekwegh during a press briefing yesterday in Owerri accused the returning officer (RO) for the election, Prof. Donatus Ohajianya, of infractions.

It further alleged that it connived with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to make Benjamin Uwajumogu claim victory.

Stating that what transpired in the supplementary election to the party does not depict the independence of the commission as it concerns its ad hoc staff that were recruited to do the needful, the party said that Prof.Ohajianya, on meeting with its candidate, made demands.

The PDP also said it sees no reason why some persons will go about announcing themselves as senator-elect whereas INEC till date has not made any declaration and has not returned anybody.

“If somebody must be returned, Patrick Ndubueze, our candidate, should be returned. We are demanding that these INEC officials mentioned by our great party should be arrested, interrogated and persecuted,” the party added.

Uwajumogu, who is the lawmaker currently representing Okigwe zone in the National Assembly, polled 57,938, the highest number of votes to emerge the winner, defeating Ndubueze who polled 26,405 votes.

Mojeed is a thoroughbred and detailed photojournalist and media analyst. He is a graduate of Mass Communications from Lagos State University, LASU

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