Gov Poll: INEC Resumes Collation Of Abia Results At 4pm Today

Guber Poll: INEC Resumes Collation Of Abia, Enugu Results At 4pm Today

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  has announced that it will resume the collation of results for Abia and Enugu States governorship elections at 4 pm today.

Prime Business Africa reported that the Commission had on Monday, suspended the collation of results after its meeting on the review of contestations about the election by political parties that participated in the exercise in both southeastern states.

According to INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, the Commission suspended the collation of results in Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia State where its office was invaded by thugs on Sunday.

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Similarly, results from Nkanu East and Nsukka LGAs in Enugu State were also suspended for further review.

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However, the Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Mrs Rebecca Jim, on Tuesday said the collation would resume on Wednesday.

She added that the Presiding Officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Professor Nnenna Oti, and the State Administrative Secretary, Clement Oha, who were invited to the INEC headquarters Abuja, over the controversy from the Obingwa results, were on their way back to the state, to complete the process.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Okoye said the Commission has concluded the review and consequently, the collation of results will continue in both states today, Wednesday, 22nd March 2023.

Okoye added that the electoral body appreciates the patience and understanding of the people of both states as it concludes the collation process.

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Meanwhile, the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate for Abia Alex Otti, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of plotting to rig the governorship election.

Otti made the allegation in a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, hours after the collation of governorship election results in the state was suspended.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to announce the results for the Obingwa Local Government Area of the state, a development that has continued to generate reactions across the State.

Peter Okoye, PBA Journalism Mentee
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