The Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate in last Saturday’s election in Enugu State, Barr. Chijioke Edeoga has vowed to retrieve his mandate which he said was allegedly stolen by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Edeoga, who spoke after Barr. Peter Mbah of the PDP was announced winner of the election, said he was robbed of victory, describing it as “electoral mess”.
Mbah was on Wednesday night declared Enugu governor-elect by the Returning Officer, Prof. Maduebibisi Iwe.
He said Mbah polled 160, 895 votes to beat Edeoga who garnered 157, 552. Frank Nweke of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, came third with 17, 983 votes.
Reacting, the LP candidate urged his supporters to remain calm as he pursues the course of justice through legal means.
His full remarks below:
“I want to thank the good people of Enugu State who were involved in this political process to see that the will of our people is determined electorally. The will of our people was made manifest in the few elections that have happened.
First of all, the National Assembly elections where the Labour Party recorded 7 out of 8 wins. So, right now, we have 7 out of 8 House of Representatives seats; the Senate, we have two out of three now; the third one we are in court and we are certain that we are going to get it, because the rigging that gave the PDP victory was manifest. Out of 24 members of the House of Labour now has 14, with more to be added when a few shenanigans that were introduced by the INEC electoral officers are resolved. So, electorally, Enugu State has become a Labour Party State. It is a thing of joy and I thank the good people of Enugu State for giving the Labour Party this resounding victory.