Former governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo State, Uche Nwosu has backed the allegation by the state governor, Hope Uzodinma that senior Staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (NEC) serving in the Southeast are all card carrying members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Confirming the allegation, Nwosu disclosed that he was a victim of the partisanship of the INEC Staff during the 2019 governorship election.
However, the Imo governor had alleged that all the INEC senior Staff serving in the Southeast are card-carrying members of the PDP .
According to Nwosu, senior Staff of the Commission in the state, led by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Francis Ezeonu, allegedly manipulated the election in favour of the PDP candidate.
He noted that due to his level of partisanship, the REC colluded with the Returning Officer, Prof. Francis Otunta to announce the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha as the winner of the election even when it was glaringly clear that he did not meet the constitutional requirements to be declared winner.
In his words, “INEC senior Staff in the Southeast are truly partisan. They belong to the PDP and that informs what happened in the Imo State governorship election.
“The REC (Ezeonu), compromised the process so that they can return the PDP candidate. To ensure credible elections in the Southeast, the Commission should redeploy the senior Staff serving in the zone”.
He continued that, “the 2019 Imo State governorship election was one of the biggest fraud perpetrated by Staff of the Commission. Few hours before the election for instance, the REC swapped the trained adhoc Staff for the election with those he handpicked from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Anambra State, majority of them were from Mbaise where the PDP candidate came from.
“That was how they were able to allocate him humongous votes from the three Council Areas of Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu and Ezinihitte.