By Edem Edem, Calabar
Former Senate Leader who was the Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and others including Sir Victor Abang have rejected the February 23rd elections conducted by Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) noting that it was full of irregularities.
Senator Ndoma-Egba through his Director of Media and communication, Sunday Udeh said his attention was drawn to the purported announcement of results and declaration of Dr. Sandy Onor of the Peoples Democratic Party as winner of the elections of Saturday February 23rd, 2019 in the Central Senatorial District of Cross River State.
“To the best of our knowledge, elections in Etung LGA were cancelled by INEC while the results of three wards of Obubra LGA namely Ofodua, Osopong 2, Ofumbongha/Yala were also cancelled. The results of elections in Boki remain hotly contested as elections did not hold due to non-deployment of Card Readers for accreditation.
“It is significant to note that the total registered votes in the affected areas are far in excess of the margin between the two leading candidates. As a result of these and other reasons, the elections remain inconclusive.
“In view of the above issues, which affected the credibility of the elections, we out rightly reject the purported announcement of results and declaration of a winner at this stage of the process.
“We, therefore, demand that INEC relies on precedents and relevant provisions in the Electoral Act and its own Guidelines for the 2019 Elections to conduct rerun elections in the affected areas.
Senator Ndoma-Egba requested INEC to do the right thing, “let the discerning people of the Cross River Central Senatorial District decide their fate and give legitimacy to the electoral process.
Another candidate, Sir Victor Abang, APC Candidate for Ikom/Boki Federal Constituency in Cross River said he rejected the announcement of the result by INEC in which the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Chris Agibe was declared winner.
He disclosed that INEC had earlier declared Agibe of the PDP winner of the election with 38,456 votes as against him who got APC 29,977 votes. In a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to DAILY NEWS in Calabar, the Director General of Abang’s Reality Campaign Network, Prince Eka Williams said the result was ‘untrue’ from what was gotten from the polling units.
“The attention of the Reality Campaign Network of Sir Victor Abang has been drawn to a purported announcement of the winner for the Ikom/Boki Federal Constituency election by INEC. This is in spite of mass irregularities and sharp practices which characterized the election. The announcement was done in contravention of the electoral act and guidelines for the election.
“INEC admitted while presenting the Presidential result that 26,000 votes in Boki Local government area were affected by either cancellation or nonvoting.While we were expecting announcement for a rerun election, the contrary was done. In view of the above and several other evidences at our disposal, we reject the said announcement” he stated.