Alaribe accused INEC of colluding with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to declare the election inconclusive, in spite of overwhelming evidence that the APC won in Imo.
He said, “It is clear that the APC had the advantage of more than 79,000 votes over the PDP. We had the advantage of geographical spread too and we were able to secure 25 per cent of the votes in all the local government areas in the state.”
He said though there was evidence that the people of Imo voted “massively” for the APC, it was shocking that the INEC conspired with the PDP to prevent voters in some parts of the state the right to perform their civic responsibility on election day.
Declaring that election did not take place in all the three LGAs in Mbaise land and results were also manipulated in Oru East, as well as Ezinihitte, Alaribe noted that the governorship election was inconclusive because of the connivance between INEC and the PDP.
He called on the Police and other law enforcement agencies to investigate the allegations of election malpractice against the Commission and the opposition party in Imo.
Regarding the current status of the election, he said, “Although INEC has not officially communicated to us, we are prepared to submit ourselves for the run-off election. But, we want to be sure that it will be free and fair. If INEC had done the proper thing, the run-off would have been avoided.” (Punch)
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