The Labour Party (LP) has rejected the outcome of the Enugu governorship election which took place on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had Wednesday night declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Peter Mbah, as the winner of the election after the results of the controversial Nkanu East Local Government Area were collated.
In a statement on Thursday, the state LP Publicity Secretary, Onuora Odo, said the party would not accept the result which was marred by widespread electoral malpractices.
Odo described the outcome of the election as a rape of democracy, adding that the process of accreditation and use of BVAS was not followed in some of the pooling booths, especially Nkanu East LGA.
He, however, said the position of the party will be made known as the party agents have started assembling their facts together to do the needful.
He said: “It’s on record that the process of accreditation and use of BVAS was not followed in some of the pooling booths, especially Nkanu East.”
“It’s also on record that in the course of the collation of results, the results of Nkanu East showed monumental disparities between the number of registered voters and the total number of votes, but the obviously compromised INEC decided to disregard the provisions of the Electoral Act and went ahead to declare the conspicuously padded results despite complaints from the opposition parties.
“This was the reason why they deliberately delayed the announcement of the result to pave way for further manipulations.
“The position of the party, therefore, is that the result as declared by INEC on the 22nd of March, 2023, four days after the elections were concluded, was heavily doctored and does not reflect the wishes of Ndi Enugu State.”
He added, “In view of the foregoing developments, we are, by this media release, registering our dissatisfaction over the electoral irregularities and malfeasances activated and actuated by heavy financial inducements.
“Let it be known that our great party is poised to deepen the root of democracy in Nigeria and can not fold our arms and allow this level of the electoral heist to go unchallenged.
“In due course, the position of the party will be made known as we have started assembling our facts together to do the needful. Surely, this is a rape of democracy.”