Labour Party Rejects Uzodimma’s Victory

Labour Party backs Athan Achonu's court challenge to Governor Hope Uzodimma's election victory amid allegations of irregularities and vote buying in Imo State.
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The Labour Party leadership announced on Sunday its endorsement of Imo State governorship candidate Athan Achonu's decision to challenge Governor Hope Uzodimma's election victory in court.

Achonu, dissatisfied with Saturday's election outcome, had previously rejected the results, citing irregularities, vote buying, and physical assaults on party agents.

Yunusa Tanko, the spokesperson for the party’s Campaign Organisation, expressed lack of surprise at the poll's outcome, given the reported harassment and intimidation faced by their supporters.

Tanko said, “Achonu is right to reject the election results. Definitely, he will be heading to the court in line with electoral provision to seek redress. That election is nothing but a scam. You know it is something we expected may happen. It is just that we have no power over what is going on in that state.

“First, they started with intimidation of our people and also booked all the hotels. Many of our supporters who travelled to work for our candidate’s victory were denied the opportunity of  having accommodation and the level of insecurity was so high.

“We therefore support any action our Imo candidate is taking, including going to court.”

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