The Abia chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has resolved to challenge the outcome of the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
Hon. Elder Abraham Amah, Abia PDP Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary in a statement made available to newsmen said the move became necessary after a review of the materials used for the governorship election, with specific interest to six local government areas where the BVAS Machines weren’t used for accreditation.
“The Abia PDP State Working Committee, SWC and the enlarged State Executive Committee, SEC met today and reviewed the results after collecting all the materials used in the conduct of the just concluded guber and State HOA elections and has decided to go to court to challenge the results of the Abia guber election, especially in six local government areas where the BVAS machines were not used.”
Elder Amah added that the decision was necessitated by the Labour Party’s move to challenge the election result in a state House of Assembly election despite the plea by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to all the candidates not to go to court.
“This decision is coming on the heels of the Labour Party taking PDP house of assembly members elect to court despite the honest and wise advise and appeal of the Abia State governor Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu that the those that have been declared winners of the election including the governor-elect, Alex Otti should be spared the burden of litigation which only serves to distract public officers from performing their duties and responsibilities.
“Abia PDP is shocked to note that at a time when it is making arrangements for a seamless and peaceful transition for the new government, it is the same Labour Party that was declared the winner that is trying to torpedo the process.
“Subsequently, the legal department of the Abia PDP will release the details of its petitions in the next 24 hours and head to the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the declaration of Alex Otti of the Labour Party as the winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship election.
“We call on the good people of Abia to remain calm, peaceful and steadfast as we work to reclaim our mandate.”