SDP Candidate, Christina Demands Fresh Election for Orlu, Orsu, Oru East Fed. Reps. Seat.
The Social Democratic Party Candidate for the Federal House of Representatives of Orlu, Orsu and Oru East, Hon, Mrs Christina Ude, has called for an outright re-run of the February, 23, 2019 National Assembly Election in Orlu, Orsu and Oru East, an area over what she described as gross irregularities and fraudulent manipulation of results by the adhoc staff, corpers, opposition party agents and the security operatives attached to the polling units.
In her petition, Hon, Mrs Ude, stated that, February 23rd was a full day for her as she was well prepared to vote peacefully, “but the issues within the twenty nine polling units in the three local government areas, as observed by my agents, were a gross manipulation of electoral process, intimidation of voters by both hired thugs, security agents alleged to be working for the PDP, AA and others.
While in some polling units, agents and adhoc staff were seen thumb printing the ballot papers, there is also available records of total discovery of vote buying within, in Oru East and Orlu local government respectively.
Also, there was threat to the lives of the agents and members of the Social Democratic party in more than 29 polling units by the hired thugs from different party’s against any voter who wanted to vote for her. According to Mrs Christina Ude, the rigging was done in such a way that the NYSC, adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission were all involved in the manipulation by wrongly misleading the senior citizens on their presumed party to vote. While some wore tags and a rubber band chanting “you can only vote for PDP here ooo”
Then she said, that at Orsu Local government area, during the election, there were neither a card reader machine nor any PVC. What the INEC Officials did was to bring the paper that had the photocopy of the PVC’S, ask you to sign, stamped and gave out the ballot papers for the thumb printing and also insisting on the particular party to be thumb printed.
These scenarios, she said, are unfair and a threat to our democracy, “I believe that, it is unfair to impose any candidate on the electorates. Nigerians must and should be allowed to freely choose their representatives but what happened was a clear demonstration of selfishness and power drunk by the desperate politicians.
Above all, Orlu Orsu and Oru East federal constitutiency in the past have not witnessed such fraudulent and open manipulation of results and other forms, of this type of electoral irregularities with armed uniform men, who pretended to be guarding the polling units where as they were working for a particular purpose against the interest of the masses.
She therefore is demanding for an outright re-run of the election in the federal constitutiency while urging the officials of the independent national electoral commissions to rise up to the challenges by not allowing such an ugly disruption of democracy to reoccur.