Announcing Kalu winner of Abia North Senatorial contest is a Joke taken too far

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The following results were announced by INEC for the 5 LGAs that make up Abia North Senatorial district in Abia State:

#SENATE RESULT

UMUNNEOCHI LGA
APC = 5,496
PDP = 5,613
APGA = 2, 609

OHAFIA LGA
APC = 5,523
PDP = 4,861
APGA = 4,247

ISUIKWUATO LGA
APC = 8,317
PDP = 4,609
APGA= 1,792

BENDE LGA
APC = 10,701
PDP = 4 875
APGA = 2,232

AROCHUKWU LGA
APC = 1,166
PDP = 843
APGA = 528

GRAND TOTAL
APC = 31,201
PDP = 20,801
APGA = 11,410
Others = 1,110

Note the following

1. Bende LGA result did not emanate from the polling units as no results were declared at that level. All results in Bende should have been canceled but the Returning Officer was forced at gunpoint to declare the result for House of Representatives even when he noted 7,601 canceled votes which was more than the margin of 3,547 and he fled afterwards to Umuahia where he issued a statement calling for the cancellation of what he declared.

2. Nkporo in Ohafia LGA recorded 21,360 canceled votes in 32 units of two Wards; precisely Ndi Elu – 15 and Ndi Agbo – 17.

3. Arochukwu (Senator Mao’s home LGA) recorded 31,284 canceled votes with 72 of 149 Polling Units canceled.

4. Elections were canceled at polling units inside Abia State University, Uturu in Isuikwuato LGA with about 19,563 registered voters disenfranchised. That was more than the margin of victory of 3,708 votes recorded for the LGA.

5. Ohafia town recorded 4,682 canceled votes.

A. Total number of canceled votes is 76,889
B. Announced margin of victory 10,402.
Difference between margin of victory and canceled votes is 66,487

Can INEC validly declare a winner of that poll?

The INEC returning officer for Abia North election, Dr Charles Anumudu, is a brother to Willie Anumudu of Globe motors, who is a long term associate of Orji Uzor Kalu and through whom he procured most of the vehicles he bought as Governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007.

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