Alex Otti, the Labor Party’s gubernatorial candidate in Abia state, accused some election officials of colluding with incumbent governor Okezie Ikpeazu to rig some results of Saturday’s state gubernatorial election.
According to Otti, the results for the Obingwa local government area, where Governor Ikpeazu hails from, are being shifted in favor of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Okechukwu Ahiwe.
The LP candidate projected to win the election added that the same situation occurred in the Osisioma, Aba Norte and Aba Sur local government areas of the state.
“Of virtually all the results uploaded and published, the Labor Party won by a landslide.
Unfortunately, the PPD government has refused to allow some of the results to stand, and they are doing so with the active collusion of some compromised INEC staff and some security officers,” he tweeted.
Otti noted: “Obingwa is a very interesting case, because in most of the districts, with the active collusion of INEC, BIVAS was not used, so they are making an effort to push false results.
“I want to take this opportunity to call on the federal government and particularly the president of INEC to ensure that the right thing is done in Abia State. So I hope that no results that do not come from the BIVAS (sic) accreditation will not be accepted.
“I urge the INEC President to convince the INEC Resident Election Commissioner for Abia and other INEC staff to give peace a chance and make sure the right thing is done.”
The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) presided over elections for governors and state assemblies in 28 states on Saturday.
The elections were accompanied by widespread violence, with at least 17 people reportedly killed in Delta, Lagos, Rivers, Cross River, Niger, Akwa Ibom, Osun and Benue states.