In addition to the allegations of electoral fraud in Imo state, the PDP also accused the state government of using violence and intimidation tactics to suppress the opposition during the elections. The party claimed that many of their members were arrested and detained without cause, while others were harassed and threatened by security operatives who were reportedly acting on the orders of the ruling APC.
The PDP also expressed concern over the role played by the INEC in the elections, accusing the electoral body of being biased towards the ruling party. The party called for an independent investigation into the conduct of the elections, including the role played by INEC officials, security operatives, and other stakeholders.
Reacting to the allegations, the Imo state government denied any involvement in electoral fraud or violence, describing the claims as baseless and politically motivated. The government accused the PDP of trying to discredit the electoral process and undermine the legitimacy of the APC's victory in the state.
The INEC also denied the allegations, saying that it conducted the elections in accordance with the law and its guidelines. The electoral body called for evidence to back up the PDP's claims, urging the party to provide proof of any wrongdoing by its officials.
Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the Imo state elections has continued to generate reactions from different quarter, with many Nigerians calling for a thorough investigation into the allegations of fraud and violence. Some observers have also expressed concern over the credibility of Nigeria's electoral process, calling for urgent reforms to ensure free, fair, and credible elections in the country.
SOURCE: VANGUARD NEWSPAPER
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