After failing in his return bid to the House of Representatives, Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayima, serving lawmaker representing Ikpoba-Okha/Egor Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is crying foul over the outcome of the election which was won by his People’s Democratic Party, PDP, rival, Jude Ise-Idehen, saying that he was robbed of victory.
Agbonyinma who yesterday morning took his protest against the alleged rigging of the election to the Edo State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, accompanied by his supporters, alleged that officials of the Commission connived with security agents, and PDP to deny him victory
The APC protesters said they would remainat the INEC office until the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC,Emmanuel Alex Hart, received their petition. Agbonyinma claimed that the president, Mohammadu Buhari won the presidentialelection in Edo State,
According to him, it was God’s miracle for the Electoral Officer that helped the PDP rig the election to have called him to demand ” for payment of his balance”.
He said he was also protesting refusal of the INEC’s LegalOfficer to give him access to the CTC, alleging that there was hiddenagenda by INEC in delaying the process of his filing his petition at thetribunal.
“When I received the call, I was shocked. The manthought I was the PDP chairman. He opened up on how he was able to manipulatethe system for the PDP and told me to bring the balance payment. The mansaid he was the Collating Officer for Ward six. He said they gave him thenumber of Ise-Idehen but he decided to call the PDP chairmanfirst”.
Agbonyinma said the caller had been arrested along withothers alllegedly involved “and he has confessed. The security agenciesare doing their work and they would soon come out with their findings”.
Head of Administration of INEC in the state, ChristianUtong, who received the petition from Agbonyinma, explained that the LegalAdviser had to take permission from the headquarters before releasing the CTCof the result sheets.
“We are here for you. The REC is away because ofSaturday’s election. I will deliver your message to the REC. We will attend toall grievances”, Utong promised.
Attempts to get the reaction of thestate chairman of the party, Dan Osi Orbih and the publicity secretary, ChrisNehikhare were unsuccessful as they failed to get back to the magazine aspromised.