Enugu - Former Gov. Chimaroke Nnamani of
Enugu State on Friday accused the People’s Democratic Party of rigging the
Enugu East senatorial election in the last general elections.
Nnamani’s counsel, Mr O. Jolaawo, told the State and
National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Enugu that the candidate of
the PDP, Sen. Gilbert Nnaji, rigged the election.
Jolaawo made the allegation during the cross examination of
the PDP witness, Mr Okechukwu Edeh, who was the party’s collation agent in
Enugu South Local Government Area.
He said that 25,093 voters were accredited for the election
but that 32,056 voted, adding that election results in some wards were
mutilated without official endorsement.
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“In some wards in Awkunanaw West, the number of issued
ballot papers is less that the used ballot papers.
“In Ward 9, some 234 voters were accredited but 400 ballot
papers were issued. In the end, both used and unused ballot papers were only
200 and the remaining could not be accounted for,” he said.
The counsel debunked the witness’ claim that the election
for Enugu South local government was free, fair and peaceful since the missing
ballot papers could not be accounted for and violence that took place in some
In his reaction, the counsel to the respondent, Mr Peter
Eze, told tribunal that there were also mutilations of election results at Zik
Avenue and Uwani East where the petitioner won, adding that his agent, Mr Okey
Ngene, signed the Enugu South collated election result.