In certain areas of the states of Abia and Enugu, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has halted further results collation for the governorship election.
Festus Okoye, National Commissioner of INEC in charge of the Information and Voter Education Committee, made this disclosure in a statement released on Monday in Abuja.
He claims that the Commission met earlier on Monday to discuss the results of the nationwide elections for governor and state assembly that were held on March 18, 2023, on Saturday.
“Arising from the meeting, the Commission took the decision to suspend forthwith further collation of the Governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu States”, he stated.
INEC recalled how its office in Obingwa Local Government Area was invaded by thugs Sunday 19th March 2023 and its officials held hostage in relation to the collation of results from the Local Government Area. It had consequently vowed to thoroughly review results from the area.
“Similarly, reports from Enugu State call for a review of the results for the Governorship election from the two outstanding Local Government Areas of Nsukka and Nkanu East.
“Consequently, the Commission hereby suspends the collation of results in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State and the two outstanding Local Government Areas of Enugu State which are yet to be collated. A review will be undertaken immediately before the process is concluded.
“We appeal for the understanding and patience of voters, parties and candidates in the affected States”, the commission added.