INEC suspends Enugu, Abia results collation amid protests

Hundreds of supporters of both the governor candidate of the Labour Party, candidate, Chijioke Edeoga, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Mbah, stormed the Enugu State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday over the alleged irregularities in the collation of the results of the Saturday’s governorship election.

The supporters of the PDP candidate, who trooped to INEC headquarters in their numbers, demanded that the Returning Officer announce results for Nkanu East, which collation had been suspended over alleged over-voting and manipulation of governorship results.

The PDP supporters demanded that INEC should declare their candidate winner of the governorship poll.

They contended that the Collation Officer, Returning Officer or the Resident Electoral Commission had no power to cancel results at this stage.


But the Labour Party supporters demanded the results for Nkanu East should be cancelled on the grounds of irregularities.

Speaking, the leader of the protesters, Eric Eyutchae, said, “They want INEC to complete the sham, saying we should go to court; we won’t accept it!

“Our demand is that votes that didn’t meet the threshold of the election requirements should be cancelled. We also demanding that places where elections did not hold or were cancelled because of violence be conducted before finally results should be announced.”

Meanwhile, INEC announced in Abuja on Monday, that it had suspended suspended the collation of the results for governorship election in Enugu State.

The INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, who disclosed this in a statement, alluded to the call for a review of the results for Nsukka and Nkanu East Local Government Areas of the state.

Okoye said a similar decision was taken in the cae of Abia State, where thugs on Sunday invaded INEC’s office in the Obingwa Local Government Area in Abia.

Okoye said, “The commission met today, Monday, March 20, 2023 and reviewed the conduct of the governorship and state Assembly elections held nationwide on Saturday 18th March 2023. Arising from the meeting, the commission took the decision to suspend forthwith further collation of the governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu states.”