The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) Spokesperson and House of Representatives member for Ideato North and South Federal Constituency, Ikenga Ugochinyere, has led the opposition federal lawmakers in rejecting the results of the Imo governorship election.
The opposition lawmaker said that INEC should have declared Senator Samuel Anyanwu the winner on Monday at a press conference in Abuja. This was because the PDP candidate received the highest valid votes, even after accounting for overvoting and areas where no election was held or accreditation was completed.
Along with thirty other federal lawmakers, Ugochinyere condemned the APC, security agencies, and INEC for the roles they play.
The opposition lawmakers want the US, UK, France, Canada, and other democracy advocates to impose visa bans on the key actors of the Electoral malpractice.
They insisted that the results from Okigwe, Oru East, the governor's home, Oru West, Onuimo, Orsu, Oguta, Ohaji, Nwangele, Orlu, Ideato South, Ideato North, and Obowo did not occur due to lack of accreditation.
They claimed that those with less than 5% accreditation had 80% voter turnout, and so on.
The lawmakers also claimed that if the election results from these and other areas were recalculated using accreditation figures, the PDP would have received the highest valid number of accredited votes.
They urged INEC to use the provision in the Electoral Act that allows for a review of false declarations to recalculate and declare the PDP winner, sparing the courts and the people of Imo the agony of lengthy litigation.They also claimed that the Imo State Governorship election was marred by blatant rigging and the failure to use the BVAS machine for accreditation, intimidation of voters among other things.
"We have already exposed evidence of massive overvoting from the result of BVAS machine accreditation which showed very low turnout and results showing high turnout."