A video which has gone viral on the internet has shown candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Osaro Onaiwu, tearing ballot papers at the polling unit where he voted in Oredo local government area.
The video, which lasts about two minutes, recorded Onaiwu shouting and tearing ballot papers at a polling unit and walking to another polling unit.
A boy in the video was seen throwing a table away while other electoral materials were scattered on the ground.
When contacted for comments, Onaiwu confirmed tearing the ballot papers but claimed that the ballot papers were earlier snatched by some thugs he said were working for the APC.
His words, “The video they are showing, that is my polling unit. APC thugs brought thugs and took the ballot away. They brought them back and said we should continue counting.
“I said no and refused the papers to be counted. That was how I threw the ballot papers away.
“I am not a coward. You cannot return ballot papers that were earlier taken away.
“All my family members voted for me there and I am expected to win.
“Let them be sharing the video online.”
Onaiwu also led a protest against the results released by INEC on the governorship polls.
He said it was wrong for INEC to declare results in an election marred by irregularities.
The APGA candidate said he could not have got 876 votes after carrying out rigorous campaigns across the 18 local government areas of the state.
He said the police cannot stop anybody from carrying out protests against the outcome of an election conducted by INEC in the state.
Onaiwu alleged that his results were manipulated because he refused to give bribe to some INEC officials, adding that votes from the Igbo and Esan were not added.