Following the outcome of the Imo North senatorial bye-election on 5th of December, the Okigwe Youths, a political pressure group, has matched to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Owerri, to make their displease known.
According to reports, it was disclosed that the youths were seen in a peaceful protest in front of the INEC office on Tuesday, displaying placards and chanting to that effect.
Some of the inscriptions were : ‘Do not create bad precedence’, ‘Who was candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ? ‘, ‘Obey the rule of law’ and ‘Time for substitution of candidates has elapsed’, among others.
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Addressing newsmen, the group’s Coordinator, Mr Chiedozie Ibekwe, described the youths as “critical stakeholders in the development and deepening of democracy’’. And the youths of Imo North would not allow their senatorial district to be used for what he described as “political experiments with dangerous undertones”.
Citing two court injunctions which disqualified frontline candidates of the APC barely 24 hours to the election, Ibekwe urged the electoral body to revisit its pronouncement that the APC was the winner of the election.
He argued that in line with the Electoral Act as amended, the electoral umpire was expected to declare Mr Emmanuel Okewulonu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election, having come second in the polls.
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