The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Justice Reform, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku, who is the APC candidate for the Enugu West Senatorial District, has rejected the result of Saturday’s election for the zone.
“I reject the result announced by Enugu State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its entirety and will contest it,’’ Ibekaku told a news conference on Tuesday in Enugu.
“I call on well meaning Enugu people that have evidence that will assist us to please do so.’’
She alleged that Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Enugu State were fraught with irregularities and outright hijacking of ballot boxes and ballot papers.
Ibekaku said that apart from the non-usage of smart card readers, there was indiscriminate thumb printing of ballot papers by individual who disguised as INEC officials, adding that there was also vote buying.
She, however, assured her supporters in the zone that their votes would count.
Ibekaku said she had joined the state chapter of All progressive Congress (APC) in “rejecting the outright stealing of the people’s votes by Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and his thugs who disguised as INEC officials.’’
Ibekaku accused Ekweremadu of snatching ballot boxes because of his desperation to return to the Senate for the fifth time.
She also alleged that the Deputy Senate President deployed the “people’s stolen wealth to brazenly compromise electoral officials, using thugs’’.
She said the PDP in Enugu and Ekweremadu “presented the sad past where results of elections are written in the bedrooms of local government chairman’’.
She however thanked the people of Enugu west senatorial zone for their support throughout her campaign and during the election.