By Anolu Vincent
Hundreds of youths on Sunday rejected the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election in Ikeduru state constituency of Imo State on Saturday.
At a press conference, the chairman of Ikeduru Youth Assembly, Samuel Nwokeocha, said that election in the state constituency had been won and lost.
Flanked by other youth leaders, Nwokeocha said that INEC should be held responsible should “our people be killed during the supplementary election.”
He argued that with 15,419 votes for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Uche Ogbuagu, and the person in second position in the election with 3,633 votes, conducting supplementary election was a violation of the Electoral Act.
Nwokeocha flayed the electoral umpire for retuning the PDP candidate only to turn back to fix a supplementary election.
The youth leader said, “We condemn in its entirety the do or die posture of some political godfathers in Ikeduru, who have realized just too late that people of Ikeduru have jettisoned them and their evil ways and resolved to chart a new beginning for our people.”
“INEC must be prepared to take full responsibility should anything untoward happen to our people should it insist on a supplementary election in Ikeduru state constituency.”
He called on the state commissioner of police to arrest those who perpetrated mayhem on the day the election.
Nwokeocha said that the youth were angry that the suspects arrested at the collation centre for allegedly trying to use explosive devices to bomb the collation center had been released.