The senator elect of Imo North (Okigwe zone) Senatorial district, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu has stated that the allegation by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP against his party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, for election rigging in the just concluded rerun election in the senatorial district was baseless and very unfounded . He described it as usual kind of allegation that trails election whenever any party sensed that they were about to lose.
According to Uwajumogu, his opponent, Senator Athan Achonu whom he contested with in the March, 2015, general election, in conjunction his party, PDP, allegedly collaborated with security agencies to rig the election in his favour. He added that the PDP committed a lot of atrocities to chase way the electorate and thereafter, another result that was against the wish of the people of Okigwe zone, was announced.
However, he noted that the rerun of July, 2016, was peacefully conducted that the only violence recorded was his opponent who was seen moving from one booth to another snatching ballot boxes at Ihitte Uboma, Ehime-Mbano and parts of Obowo Local Government Areas .
The former speaker of Imo State House of Assembly submitted that “it is quiet unfortunate that “I will be the only APC candidate from Southeast in the senate. Therefore I bid to reconcile the Igbo with APC because it is the only party which programmes and ideologies that represent the best interest of the Igbo nation as they believe in regenerating Nigeria in value, investment and development”.
He also stressed that it will go a long way in helping Igbo as industrious people and ensure that their right will always get to them as at when due.
Meanwhile, the Chief of staff to the State Government, Chief Uche Nwosu averred that Uwajumogu is the best thing that can happen to the Southeast as the first senator of the APC because of the position he is going to aspire in the National Assembly.
Chief Nwosu also stated that Igbo will no longer cry of marginalization of the positions and right and also thanked Okigwe zone people for their love and support for coming out en masse to support their son.