By Francesca Iwambe
The All Progressives Grand Alliance in Abia State has said it totally rejects the results of the March 18 governorship poll in the state so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
In a statement signed on Monday by the APGA Chairman Abia State, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, the party said it would not accept an election “marred by irregularities.”
It, however, urged supporters to remain calm as they await the conclusion of the process.
The statement read partly, “The results so far announced did not in any way reflect the will of the good people of Abia voters as demonstrated at the various polling units.
“We are highly disappointed that the votes cast for our candidate, Professor Greg Ibe, were suppressed and not credited to him.
“Regrettably too, there were brazen irregularities, including snatching of ballot papers, over-voting, unprecedented manipulation and violence against the opposition.
“Most of the results were collated without recourse to BVAS machines, hence, they cannot be relied upon.
“We appeal to our members to remain calm and watch things unfold. We firmly believe that light will triumph over darkness, and Abia emancipated from the chains of undemocratic forces.
“The election was marred with irregularities in all parts of the state, and APGA cannot accept a highly flawed election.”
Only ten local government results have so far been collated, and they include; Ukwa East, Umunneochi, Ukwa West, Bende, Isialangwa North, Isialangwa South, Arochukwu, Ugwunnagbo, Isuikwuato and Ikwuano.
So far, the results announced puts the Labour Party in the lead with a margin of 13,132.