The Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party have called for the cancellation of the Imo State governorship election held on Saturday.
The deputy governorship candidate of the LP, Tony Nwulu, said in a press conference on Saturday night that security agents allegedly provided cover for some persons as they subverted the will of the people.
He declared that the LP won with the actual votes cast in the election, saying that “democracy is under threat in this state.”
Nwulu said, “There was no election in Imo State on Saturday. What happened was the diversion of the electoral materials to the homes of people and the LGA council headquarters. In all this, the police, Army and the DSS provided security to the actors.
“They came with huge sums of money to the polling units for votes buying but the Imo people rejected them. They now resorted to snatching of electoral materials, diversion of the electoral materials to homes of individuals and to the LGA headquarters where they are currently rewriting the results.
“We have all the records. We are putting Nigerians on notice that there was no election in Imo State on Saturday.
“The position of our party and my principal, Senator Athan Achonu, who is the governorship candidate of the party is that this sham called election be cancelled..”
Addressing journalists in a separate press conference, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Samuel Anyanwu, also called for the cancellation of the election.
He said INEC and security agents failed in their constitutional responsibility to deliver credible elections to the people of the state.
He said that instead, the security agents protected INEC staff as the APC members rewrote the results.
Anyanwu said he and his party, the PDP, would not accept anything less than a total cancellation of the poll.