PDP Aniocha/Oshimili Primaries: A Foiled Attempt To Steal The People's Mandate On Live TV?

The PDP House of Reps primaries held yesterday at the Cenotaph Asaba ended in chaos as delegates who sensed daylight robbery refused to sit back and watch.

It is saddening that an electoral process which was aired Live on TV could be so manipulated in open glare.

Reported cases of vote stealing by delegates loyal to one of the aspirants led to the disruption of the process.

In the heat of the process that saw the announcement of 13 votes, and 226 votes for Hon. Peter Onwusanya and Hon Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor respectively, the incumbent lawmaker rose to challenge what can best be described as daylight robbery.
The party primaries was broadcasted Live on Channels TV yesterday October 3, 2018.

Unbiased electoral observers who crave anonymity also confirmed the cases of electoral fraud.

"They were removing her votes and replacing them with a pre-thumbprinted slip," said the source.

Arise Africa had her media team represented at the Cenotaph.
As supporters looked on from outside the dwarf fence, Hon. Mrakpor was seen protesting the
"removal" of her votes.

Another allegation that led to the melee is said to be the orchestrated pattern that saw the announcer often deliberately inserting a comma between Ndudi Elumelu in a vote in this manner "Indudi...... Elumelu" thus multiplying the vote in one slip To two. Also, the number of voided votes which lay bare on the table as the fourth set of result slips remained unannounced.

On the other hand, others suggest that Hon. Peter Onwusanya who is accused of playing the spoiler game is the aspirant whose vote were stolen and announced as Elumelu's.

In the heat of the argument that saw supporters scaling through the fence, security operatives started shooting sporadically into the air to disperse the crowd.

However, supporters of Hon. Elumelu are of the opinion that his opponent disrupted the process after she noticed that the stats were not in her favour.

Later, it was reported that the counting of votes continued at the Police Command Headquarters with the winner subsequently announced as Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.
In the announced result,
Hon. Elumelu scored 266 votes
Hon. Mrakpor scored 226 votes
Hon. Onwusanya scored 13 votes.
The total votes from the above result is 505 with one vote unaccounted for.

Political analysts have waived aside the results on the grounds that Police Headquarters is not the authorized venue for collating votes or announcing results.
In that vein, any result not announced at the venue of the election is not free from manipulation.

Similarly, political historians have opined that electoral primaries involving Hon. Mrakpor in her political sojourn since 2006 have always started this way but ended in her favour.
So, it may not yet be uhuru in Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency PDP primaries.

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