March 15, 2019

Press Statement

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Chairman of the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
to direct the immediate announcement of the already collated results of
the February 23, 2019 Imo North Senatorial election, as well as March 9
rerun poll, in which the PDP candidate, Hon. Ndubueze Patrick, is in
clear lead.

The party cautions that the continuous delay in announcing the final
result, after returns have been established at the polling units, wards
and Local Governments levels is already heightening tension in the

This is more so as the results have been moved to INEC headquarters in
Abuja following the harassment of INEC officials in Imo state by agents
of the losing All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Alliance (AA).

From the collated results in the February 23 elections, the PDP won in
all the Local Governments in Imo North before polls in two local
governments; Isiala Mbano and Ehime Mbano were cancelled and scheduled
for rerun.

Already, from the results declared, the PDP led in Okigwe, Onuimo, Obowo
and Ihite/Uboma Local Government Areas with 21, 254, ahead of APC and
AA, which scored 12,756 and 12,236 respectively.

At the March 9 rerun elections, when the AA and the APC realized that
the PDP was winning, they resorted to mutilation and alteration of
results, particularly with the collaboration of collation officers in
Ehime Mbano, before the intervention of the state Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC), who called for proper scrutiny of documents
following protests by the people.

The PDP believes that the INEC had completed its investigation on the
documents and results of the rerun election, which established our
victory in that election.

The party therefore urges Prof. Yakubu to douse the tension in Imo state
by directing the declaration of the final results and return our
candidate, Ndubueze Patrick, who has been legitimately elected by the
people of Imo North to represent them at the Senate.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization