Dr Chimaroke Nnamani, former Enugu State Governor on Friday told the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Enugu that the PDP and its candidate, Sen. Gilbert Nnaji, rigged the March 28 senatorial polls.
The former governor stated this at the tribunal’s resumed sitting, while testifying on oath through his counsel, Mr O. Jolaawo, during the cross examination of a PDP witness, Mr Okechukwu Edeh.
Nnamani debunked the witness’ claim that the election for Enugu South local government was free, fair and peaceful, arguing that missing ballot papers could not be accounted for in addition to the violence that took place in some areas.
Edeh, who was the party’s collation agent in Enugu South Local Government Area, testified that 25,093 voters were accredited for the election but that 32,056 voted.
The PDP witness further submitted that the election results in some wards were mutilated without any official endorsement.
Edeh said: “In Ward 9, some 234 voters were accredited but 400 ballot papers were issued. In the end, both used and unused ballot papers were only 200 and the remaining could not be accounted for, while in some wards in Awkunanaw West, the number of issued ballot papers was less that the used ballot papers.”
Mr Peter Eze, the counsel to the respondents, contended that there were also mutilations of election results at Zik Avenue and Uwani East, where the petitioner purportedly won.