The people’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Ideato North and South Federal Constituency of Imo State in the 2015 general election, Hon. Patricia Udogu has accused the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo state of rigging her out in the parliamentary election.
The former parliamentarian who made this accusation while receiving an award of excellence at the Spill Media Pedal Awards 2015 in Abuja also frowned at what she described as deliberate exclusion of women from Imo state in all elective and appointive positions at the federal level.
Her words, “The 2015 general election was massively rigged in favour of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate during the parliamentary election in Ideato North and South Federal Constituency of Imo state. This was because the governor was bent at maintaining his political relevance in the constituency by all cost and one way of doing that is to ensure that his party emerges victorious. They circumvented the will of the people but I decided not to go to the tribunal to reclaim the mandate because I am not getting younger, I am over 60 years so I decided to allow peace to reign, after all it is all about service to the people.”
On the traits that singled her out for the award, she explained that she was brought up by her parents to be philanthropic, sympathetic, God fearing and was educated to know what to do at any giving point in life, saying that these attribute may have attracted the award to her.
Hon. Udogu also seized the opportunity to lend her voice to the ongoing constitutional debate rocking Kogi state following the death of the APC candidate during the gubernatorial election that was declared inconclusive in the state by the electoral umpire.
According to her, “I am of the opinion that the issue has to be tested in court, it is a constitutional matter. One of the warring parties or the Attorney General of the Federation in my thinking should have taken the matter to the Supreme Court for interpretation to save the nation from undue debate because it is a novel situation,” she posited.