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Enugu Guber: PDP Supporters Vow To Continue Protest Until Its Candidate Mbah, Is Declared Winner

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – People’s Democratic party PDP supporters in Enugu State protesting the suspension of announcement of the state Governorship results held last Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Tuesday vowed  to continue occupying the headquarters of the electoral body in the state until the party’s Candidate, Dr. Peter Mbah is declared winner of the poll.

The protesters, who have been slaughtering cows, entertaining themselves, along the road leading to the State INEC headquarters, by WAEC junction, Independence Layout Enugu, since Monday, mounted canopies with life bands.

They disagreed with INEC on its decision to suspend the announcement of the final results and declaration of Mbah as the winner of the guber contest.

The PDP supporters equally accused the Commission of adopting a different rule from the one it used during the national coalition of presidential election results, where it ignored complaints from the agents of opposition parties.

Speaking to Newsmen, Spokesman of the protesters and ex- member of federal House of representatives, Hon. USA Igwesi, accused INEC of usurping the duties of the Election Petition Tribunals and warned that Enugu State was running out of patience as a result of the continuous withholding of the governorship election results.

According to the former lawmaker, “We don’t need any soothsayer to tell us that Peter Mbah won the election. 

“We’re surprised that INEC is still holding this result undeclared. 

Igwesi added: “We want to inform them that Enugu State is running out of patience. We are running out of patience. 

He said “we are asking them in the interest of peace of Enugu State to declare the result and announce Mbah of PDP winner. 

“As long as they keep holding the results, we keep occupying Enugu”.

The Spokesman, stressed  that Section 64(8) of the Electoral Act 2022 provides that where collation has been completed as in the present case of Enugu State, the duty of the collation officer, who collated the result is to announce the result and make a declaration. 

He said having therefore collated the results, the statutory duty and legal responsibility of the State Returning Officer is simply to announce and declare the results, as INEC cannot, by law, suspend the declaration of result already collated.

“We’re surprised that up to this moment, INEC has refused to declare Peter Mbah as the winner of the election.

“We’re also aware of Section 103(1) of the same Electoral Act that says that if you are aggrieved or have petitions, you should go to the Election Petition Tribunal.

“INEC should not usurp the power of the tribunal. INEC can only receive results. They don’t have to review the results or consider petitions against results.

“I was a member of the National Assembly that helped in authoring this particular the Electoral Act. 

“We are saying that what transpired during the collation of the presidential election results after February 25 election should equally be applicable to Enugu State.

“On that occasion, Dino Melaye and other PDP agents raised an alarm about over voting in some parts of the country and insisted that the results should not be announced. But INEC went ahead to announce it, insisting that they were empowered by Section 64(8) of the Electoral Act to declare the result. He went ahead to declare the result.

“Why is he not doing the same thing in Enugu State? Why is he doing a different thing in Enugu State?

“We have a charter of understanding since 1999 which means zoning. So, it has to start from where it started in 1999. We don’t want anybody to distort the peace and understanding we have been having in Enugu State. Just seamless transition is what we want.

The PDP Chieftains, stated further that “We are begging them to come and declare Peter Mbah as the duly elected governor of Enugu State in the interest of peace”.

Our Correspondent writes that the protesters numbering over 2000, vowed that the protest will continue untill INEC does the needful, which is declaring Mbah winner of the Governorship election. 


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