The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared null rerun results coming from polling units where occurred took place in the last weekend polls.
According to a statement obtained by 9jatoday, which was issued by INEC through its National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, all rerun results from the last Saturday’s election where disruption took hold has been cancelled.
The statement noted that the occurrence had affected the peaceful and orderly exercise in only four of the 28 constituencies where elections were conducted on Saturday.
The statement reads in part below:
“INEC met on January 27, 2020 and reviewed the conduct of the January 25, 2020 court-ordered rerun elections in 28 constituencies in 11 states of the federation.
“It noted a marked improvement in compliance with its processes and procedures during the elections.
“Regrettably, deviant behaviour by a few persons determined to subvert the people’s will was noticed in a few areas in the course of the elections. These isolated incidents minimally affected the peaceful and orderly exercise in only four of the 28 constituencies where elections were conducted.
“However, consistent with the commission’s resolve to sanction bad electoral behaviour, the commission took the following steps to protect the process:
“In Akwa-Ibom State, where the officials of the commission were abducted and diverted to an undesignated location and forced to compromise the elections in the Essien Udim LGA, all the polling units involved were identified and their results discountenanced.
“In Abi State Constituency of Cross River State, officials of the commission were abducted and thus prevented from deploying in eight polling units. All officials of the commission that were abducted have been rescued and accounted for.
“In furtherance of its resolve not to accept results from areas where the processes were disrupted and its officials attacked, the commission took a firm action by not accepting results from such areas as it could not vouch for their integrity.
“But the Commission notes that in most cases, these incidents were not widespread and did not significantly affect the overall results. As such, declarations and returns were made.”
However, the election body has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jerry Alagbaoso, as the winner of the supplementary election held on Saturday in Orlu/Orsu/ Oru East federal constituency.
This was announced by the Mr. Emma Anakwuba, the Returning Officer of the election, who announced that the PDP candidate polls 22,475 votes to emerge the winner, beating his contender from the All Progressives Congress candidate, Eddy Iheanacho, who polls 20, 814 votes.
9jatoday also understands that Mr Emma had under tight security returned the PDP candidate to INEC’s office in Owerri on Tuesday.
It could be recalled that some political thugs had invaded INEC’s collation centre, tore the election results and accused INEC of compromising the exercise.