…Alleges Connivance of INEC, Security, Others in Electoral Fraud.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Candidate for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal House of Representatives, Hon Paul Adingwupu has rejected in its entirety the results of the just concluded 2019 Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency in Delta State, alleging that whole process were compromised by his opponent, the PDP candidate, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu who had boasted of spending over N500m in the process.
Hon Adingwupu made these statements today, Tuesday the 26th day of February, 2019 while addressing Journalists in Asaba; stating that the result is a sham and does not reflect the true outcome of the poll.
He submitted that reports from virtually all the units across the four local government areas of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency validated the facts that PDP leadership in connivance with INEC officials and the security details on duty deliberately manipulated and allotted results to the PDP candidate, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.
“And from all indication, the contest was more between us on one side and the PDP leadership, INEC officials and the security agents that were supposed to ensure a hitch free and credible electoral process. In some cases the security details induced by the PDP leaders, battled our agents and sent some of the agents away so they can have easy access to alter the will of the people. Take it from me, this day light robbery will not stand, we are going to use all legitimate and legal means to challenge the fraud”, Adingwupu declared.
The APC candidate also alleged that the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa spent over a billion naira to buy votes, adding that “what they actually did was vote buying, massive vote buying in cash ranging from N2,000 to as much as N50,000, then stuffing of the ballot boxes and engagement in multiple voting – where once a person is accredited, the person is allowed to vote more than once”
Speaking further, Hon. Paul Adingwupu who hinted that his legal team is working assiduously to ensure that justice is served, disclosed that they were able to uncover the electoral fraud as perpetrated by the PDP and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu against him and the people of Aniocha/Oshimili, based on intelligence reports, which was collaborated by the reports from their agents across the polling units.
“I am going to challenge this fraudulent act head-on and will reclaim my mandate. The whole process was fraught with irregularity and stage managed. Both the security details and INEC officials including its ad-hoc staff all aided the rigging of the election in favour of PDP and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu”.
The APC party stalwart further disclosed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has shown that they don’t have the capability and capacity to win a free and fair election, “their head is known for ‘manipulation and rigging’ so we have seen the much they can do and we are very much sure that we are going to take the bull by the horn; reclaim my mandate and win the coming elections at all level”, he added.
Hon. Adingwupu however commended his teeming supporters and APC faithfuls for trooping out en masse to cast their votes and for maintaining the peace in face of provocation.
He also sympathised with his party agents and supporters who were victims of Police brutality, political thuggery and brigandage.