I Scored 254 Votes, Not 266_ Elumelu


In what seems like another twist to the electoral imbroglio between Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and Hon Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, the former has come out to disown the result previously announced on Channels TV at the police headquarters Asaba on the evening of October 3, 2018.
The former lawmaker took to his verified Facebook page to analyse the election and results.
According to excerpts from the post, he writes:

"Accredited voters 512

Void 2 votes

[Candidate one ] 1 vote

Hon Peter Onwusanya 13 votes

Hon Joan Mrakpor 242 votes

Hon Ndudi Elumelu 254 votes

Be the Judge…

Please compute the figures above and see if it tallies with the number of accredited voters and your guess is as good as mine," Elumelu.

The post has raised questions about the election which ended in chaos as delegates who sensed malpractice disrupted the process.
It is known in every electoral process that accreditation is completed before voting begins.
Just as we noticed in the just
concluded PDP presidential primaries under the chairmanship of His Excellency, the Excecutive Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa accreditation would first be concluded before election begins.
However, that was not the case in the Aniocha/Oshimili Reps primaries, as a former lawmaker was allowed to participate in the voting without going through the accreditation process.
Secondly, the number of accredited voters according to the electoral team was 491 less the vote of the aforementioned unaccredited lawmaker.
The above figure differs from the figure posted by Hon. Elumelu in his publication.
If Hon Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor scored 242 according to Hon Elumelu's publication, if we add the 14 votes of the other two aspirants, and 2 void votes, then the total is 258 votes.
Subtracting 258 votes from the total number of accredited voters 492, we are left with a balance of 234.
How did Hon. Elumelu manage to win with the balance of 234 votes?
Why are there two different conflicting results?
Why is there no definite figure of accredited voters?

Meanwhile, the election has been cancelled by an appeal panel set up by the party but is yet to be rerun after the October 5 date fell through.
While speaking to newsmen one of the two aspirants who attended the rescheduled election on October 5 had this to say.

"I appeared before the appeal panel, Ndudi Elumelu appeared before the appeal panel and thereafter the primaries was nullified with a new date fixed for a rerun," Hon. Mrakpor.


As the rerun could not hold on the rescheduled date, the decision now lies with the NWC of the party to decide who it presents its Reps ticket.

Responding to one of our previous posts on the subject, a former L.G.A boss Barr. Greatman Obusom said:

"The purported result he hinges his victory on has been nullified by the Appeal panel set up by the same party based on proved electoral irregularities. In the eye of the law there is no winner now except the decision of the Appeal Panel is set aside. If there wont be rerun, then the NWC will exercise its discretion."

With the INEC deadline for submission of candidate list already at hand, Aniocha/Oshimili people are watching with keen interest to see how the PDP will manage the situation and who will emerge as flag bearer.

By: Onwordi Ngozi Fortune.

No comments