The All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Paul Adingwupu, has rejected the results of the just concluded 2019 Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency in Delta state, alleging that the whole process was compromised by his opponent, the PDP candidate, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.
Adingwupu made the declaration on Tuesday, the 26th day of February, 2019 while addressing journalists in Asaba, noting that the result is a sham and does not reflect the true outcome of the election conducted on Saturday.
In the federal constituency election which held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, Elumelu of the PDP won with a total of 84,615 votes trashing Adingwupu of the APC to second position with 11,086 votes giving a wide margin of 73,579 difference between the PDP and the APC candidates, thereby returning Elumelu as winner of the election.
But Adingwupu is arguing that the reports from virtually all the units across the four local government areas of Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency validated the facts that PDP allegedly connived with INEC officials and the security details to deliberately manipulate and allot results to the PDP candidate, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.
“The security agents that were supposed to ensure a hitch free and credible electoral process were induced by the PDP leaders, battled our agents and sent some of the agents away so they could have easy access to alter the will of the people.
“Take it from me, this day light robbery will not stand, we are going to use all legitimate and legal means to challenge the fraud,” Adingwupu declared.
The APC candidate also alleged that the Delta state governor spent over a billion naira to buy votes, adding that “what they actually did was vote buying, massive vote buying in cash ranging from N2,000 to as much as N50,000 , then stuffing of the ballot boxes and engagement in multiple voting – where once a person is accredited, the person is allowed to vote more than once.”
Adingwupu, who hinted that his legal team is working assiduously to ensure that justice is served also, stated that they were able to uncover the electoral fraud as perpetrated by the PDP against him and the people of Aniocha/Oshimili, based on intelligence reports gathered from across the polling units.
He said: “I am going to challenge this fraudulent act head-on and will reclaim my mandate,” adding that the whole process was fraught with irregularities and was stage managed.
He said both the security details and INEC officials including its ad-hoc staff all aided the rigging of the election in favour of PDP.
The APC stalwart further disclosed that the Peoples Democratic Party has shown that it does not have the capability and capacity to win a free and fair election, saying “their head is known for manipulation and rigging so we have seen the much they can do and we are very much sure that we are going to take the bull by the horn; reclaim my mandate and win the coming elections at all levels.”
Adingwupu, however, commended his teeming supporters and APC faithful for trooping out en masse to cast their votes and for maintaining the peace during the period of the election.