APC and APGA Fight Over the Ebonyi Rerun

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) disagreed yesterday over the Ezza North/Ishielu federal constituency rerun election scheduled to take place today in the various polling places in the Oriuzor ward, Ezza North local government area of the state.

The APGA senatorial candidate for the Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone, Sen. Emmanuel Onwe, criticized the APC senatorial candidate, Mr. Ken Eze, for declaring himself the victor of the poll and insisted that the declaration is still invalid.

Oriuzor is one of the 58 wards in the zone, according to Senator Onwe, and is the biggest ward in terms of electoral value. He said that the ward has around 17,000 registered voters and more over 10,500 PVCs that have been collected.

The legislation states that a declaration cannot be made if the margin utilized to declare and return a person is less than the PVCs gathered. In this instance, crooked INEC officials who had been paid made a declaration when there were still over 10,000 votes up for grabs.

“When you take into account that the APGA House of Representatives candidate was not returned on the justification that the election in Oriuzor has not yet been completed and a fresh election would be conducted in that ward on Saturday, it becomes even more absurd.

What makes the House of Representatives election different from the senate election in the same zone, one could wonder? Why was one instance the exception to the declaration and return requirement?

According to him, “ballot boxes were taken in several wards and reported; there was over voting in other wards that was also reported” in the Ikwo LGA.

The returning officer was informed of these violations, and he continued to make an effort to clean up the inconsistencies and manipulations by filing a statement and a return that was accused of being corrupt and induced.

The residents of Oriuzor ward and APGA supporters in the state were comforted by Senator Onwe to be resolute and not be dissuaded by the “manipulation of the APC,” adding that the party would win the governorship and house of assembly elections.

“Everything would be created. Every action will be done, and every alternative will be investigated legally. We are empowered, energized, and prepared and eager to face the forces attempting to overrun the election processes, so we cannot be dismayed, he continued.

But in a rapid response, Chief Stanley Emegha, the state’s APC chairman, expressed confidence that the party would build on its victory during the run-off election and said that security troops would be stationed there to guarantee a fair and genuine rerun.

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