As controversy continued to trail the result of the Peoples Democratic
Party Governorship primary election herd last Monday 9th December
2014, a governorship aspirant in the state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has
called for total cancelation of the election for interest of peace.
Ohakim through his agent at the concluded governorship primary
election, Chief Orikeze Vitalis Ajumbe told journalists in Owerri
Thursdaythat the demand for cancelation of the election became
necceary giving the irregularities that occurred during the entire
election process arising from the computation of the results.
He questioned that if the total number of votes cast as contained in
the boxes were 1,017 and the total number of votes recorded for
aspirants is 1038, where then did the surplus of 21 votes come from.
Ohakim pointed out at that the delegates accreditation was
characterized by visible conspiracy among the electoral officers, who
chased away the agents of the governorship aspirants, regretted that
the announced figures was never recorded on the result sheet and
signed by the agents and the State Security Service SSS.
He said: “the electoral officers hurriedly announced the supposed
winner and left the venue without allowing agents and SSS sign the
The former Governor of Imo State observed with dismay the way and
manner the agents of the aspirants were chased away pointing out the
discovery of 25 impersonators who were equally chased away but later
were brought back by the electoral officers when the electoral
officers threw the gate open for everybody to enter.
He also observed that during called vote count separation, votes
allocated to each aspirant were never authenticated by the agents of
other aspirants and it was not audible adding that complain against
the method of counting were ignored.
He said that even when agents expressed their displeasure about the
National Youth leader of the party and demanded for his exclusion from
the counting of the ballot, yet it was ignored.
Ohakim blamed the electoral officers from Abuja for compromising
adding that it was a deliberate action by the officials to drag the
election into night to allow for manipulation of the result.