The former governor of Enugu State, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) colluded to rig National Assembly elections in Enugu State. Senator Chimaroke Nnamani who ran for the Enugu Senatorial Seat, under Peoples Democratic Change (PDC) in the April 28, 2015 election, told newsmen in Enugu, during the just concluded state elections, that he won at over 90% of the polling booths in the zone. He said that INEC went on to announce Gilbert Nnaji as the winner thereby rubbing him of the peoples’ mandate. “The election was a sham. We won in over 90% of the polling booths in the zone, but through collusion of INEC and PDP, Gilbert Nnaji was declared the winner”, he said.
The embittered Sen. Nnamani said the whole process want manipulated under the instructions of Professor Onukogu who was the returning officer at the April 28, 2015. “Results were supposed to be announced at polling booths and Local Government Areas but INEC took all the result to the headquarters, making it impossible for party agents to be part of the whole process. The figures that were collated at ward level were completely different from what INEC announced as the result”, said Sen. Nnmani.
Speaking further, Sen. Chimaroke termed Prof. Onukogu as a “disgrace”. He reminded his listeners that it was the same Prof. Onukogu that presided over the widely criticized Anambra State election. “Prof. Onukogu is a disgrace. He made sure that PDP had massive votes that had no relationship with the accredited voters”, he submitted.
On why he got the massive votes that he mentioned, Sen. Nnamani said his wide acceptance was due to his good work during his eight year tenure as the Governor of Enugu State. He said that nothing much had been done since he left office, which made people of the state to still sing his praises “Ebeano”.
Sen, Nnamani said he will head to the tribunal to challenge the result of the election as announce by INEC.