A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has described the Enugu governorship as a “massive mess”.
The governorship poll, which was reported to have been marred by electoral malpractice, saw the emergence of Peter Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election.
Mbah was declared winner of last Saturday’s guber poll on Wednesday night after the results of the controversial Nkanu East Local Government Area results were collated.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), state Collation and Returning Officer, Prof Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, said that Mbah polled a total of 160,895 votes to defeat the closest contender, Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party, who polled a total of 157,552 votes.
Iwe, who is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, said, “That Mbah of the PDP having scored the highest number of votes cast and having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected.”
According to him, the total number of registered voters in Enugu State is 2,112,793; the Number of accredited voters is 381,971. The total valid votes cast is 358,463; Rejected votes are 9,088 while the Total votes cast are 367,551.
On Monday, INEC suspended the collation of results and declaration of the winner of the poll following allegations of over-voting and results manipulation in Nkanu East and Nsukka Local Government Areas of the state.
This followed objections and allegations made by the Labour Party State agent, Dr. Eugene Edeoga, and that of the PDP State collation agent, Dr. Festus Uzo that of electoral malpractices.
Edeoga alleged that the result of Nkanu East Local Government was heavily padded to manipulate the outcome of the election in favour of the PDP candidate and insisted the result should be cancelled.
Uzo on the other hand, alleged similar malpractice in Nsukka LGA, where the candidate of the labour party was leading with over 30,000 votes.
These claims, allegations, and protests by the two parties forced the INEC national headquarters to suspend the collation to review the results of the two local government areas in the issue.
However, on Wednesday night, the INEC returning officer, Prof Iwe said “this afternoon I was requested to return to Enugu that the commission has concluded and resolved the issues in Nsukka and Nkanu East. We received a particular petition about Nsukka and Nkanu East local government.
“The petition against Nsukka was overruled by the commission. However, the petition about Nkanu East was sustained.
“The commission found that there was over-voting. From 30,350 the commission reduced it to 16,956 votes for PDP.
“The Labour Party was 1,855, after review, it became 1,864 votes that is the summary of what happened in Abuja. And based on the fact that the petition of Nkanu East is sustained we call on the collation officer of Nkanu East to come forward to collate the results of the Nkanu East.”
Taking to her official Twitter handle on Thursday, Oby Ezekwesili called out the Governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and INEC, saying “What a Big Shame to you.”
According to her, it is dishonest gain in the sight of God to steal the mandate of the people and force the wrong “something-elect” on them.
She also vowed that “It will not stand.✍🏾✍🏾.”
Oby Ezekwesili wrote, “Enugu elections. What a massive 🤢 mess.
“What a Big Shame to you @GovUgwuanyiNews and @inecnigeria .
“It is dishonest gain in the sight of God to steal the mandate of the people and force the wrong “something-elect” on them. It will not stand.✍🏾✍🏾.”
What a massive 🤢 mess.
What a Big Shame to you @GovUgwuanyiNews and @inecnigeria .
It is dishonest gain in the sight of God to steal the mandate of the people and force the wrong “something-elect” on them.
It will not stand.✍🏾✍🏾
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) March 23, 2023
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