Athan Achonu, the Labour Party’s nominee for Imo State’s governorship, refuted the circulating report that he had visited and congratulated the All Progressives Congress candidate, Hope Uzodimma, on winning the race.
Achonu declared himself to be the election’s legitimate victor in a statement released on Wednesday by his spokeswoman, Chibuikem Diala. He claimed that celebrating Uzodimma in person would be “wishful thinking that can never happen.”
“A script from the pit of hell and could only be the handwork of evil minds, which this government is well known for,” the statement read, characterising the rumours.
“After foisting the worst electoral heist on Imo State, the governor and his bootlickers are spreading fake news purporting that his opponents in last Saturday’s election had paid him a congratulatory visit,” Diala said.
He described the congratulatory story as “childish and very poorly written.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, Senator Achonu had since categorically rejected the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and called for its review and cancellation.
“He had also held a joint press briefing with Samuel Anyanwu (SamDaddy), the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, and insisted that the result of the governorship election must be reviewed or cancelled, warning that unless the INEC did so, the people might revolt,” Diala said.