Candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ikpoba-okha/Egor federal constituency, Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonyinma has revealed how the Peoples Democratic Party rigged the National Assembly elections held in his constituency.
Speaking with newsmen in Benin City on Thursday, Agbonyinma who lost the polls to the candidate of the PDP, Jude Ise-Idehen, said an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission has revealed the electoral malpractices commited to him.
He said the INEC official mistook him for the Chairman of the PDP in the state and revealed all the atrocities to him on phone.
He said: “When I received the call, I was shocked. The man thought I was the PDP chairman. He opened up on how he was able to manipulate the system for the PDP and told me to bring the balance payment.
“The man said he was the collating officer for ward six. He said they gave him the number of Ise-Idehen but he decided to call the PDP chairman first.
“He has been arrested with others he confessed to have participated in the crime. The security agencies are doing their work and they would soon come out with their findings.
“I insisted that the election was manipulated in Egor/Ikpoba-Okha constituency. President won the presidential election in Edo state. There are so many glaring evidence. The election was rigged and manipulated by PDP leaders in collaboration with some INEC officials.”
The aggrieved Agbonyinma said upon receiving the call, he instituted a legal standing mandating INEC to give his lawyer access to the copies of the original result sheet. He, however, vowed to pursue justice to the last end.
He said: “My lawyer wrote to INEC seeking to get access to Certify True Copies of the results all unit result sheets.
“The letter was approved by the resident electoral commissioner. This is to enable us file our case within the stipulated 21 days. The legal adviser is now violating section 104 of the evidence act. He is telling us to wait till after the Saturday House of Assembly election.
”There is a motive to derail the wheel of progress. This INEC Legal Adviser is frustrating us.
“Some INEC staff has been arrested and are presently making confession. I will pursue justice in line with the law. Many of them have confessed how to they colluded to rig us out. I am calling on INEC to do the right thing.”