Abia residents cook food, throw party outside INEC office while awaiting declaration of Otti as governor-elect

Supporters of the Labour Party governorship candidate in Abia, Alex Otti have stationed themselves outside the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the state while waiting for the declaration of the winner of the

The residents decided to make themselves comfortable in front of the office in Umuahia, the state capital by cooking food and hosting a block style party.

A video which surfaced on the internet shows some people cooking and sharing a variety of food to a crowd that gathered.

It was learnt that they have been outside INEC’s office for two days since the collation was moved and refused to leave until the result is announced. A Disc Jockey was also hired to entertain people with highlife music.

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Meanwhile, Dr Alex Otti earlier declared that no amount of manipulation can alter the party’s victory in the state.

INEC had suspended the collation of governorship election results following claims that the ruling PDP in Abia attempted to rewrite the results in Obingwa Local Government to overturn the original results.

Results on iRev shows Otti leading in 10 out of the 17 local government after polling a total of 171,747 votes while Okey Ahiwe of PDP scored 79,477 votes after winning five LGAs.

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, Otti said: “What has happened this time around is that the BVAS has demystified Obigwan Local Government in Abia State.

“You recalled that in 2015, when I contested for the first time, the PDP produced 82 thousand votes from Obigwan and upturned the victory that Abia people gave us. This time around, they want to do the same thing but the BVAS proved that there are no more than 30,000 votes in Obingwa.

“16 local government areas have been collated out of 17 and the total votes that Labour Party scored out of the 16 local government areas is about 172,000 and that of PDP is less than 80,000. So anyhow you flip and dice it with the numbers they have written, it still doesn’t have the support that would upturn our victory.

“It’s also important to underscore the point that we believe that INEC will do the right thing. All the other local governments that have been declared through the BVAS machine for accreditation, it is our firm believe that INEC will not change the rules in the middle of the game.

“We are calling on our supporters to remain calm and wait on INEC to finish their review and release the results. The other important thing is that we also thanking INEC because we believe the BVAS is a game changer, particularly if there is away to use it properly.”