The Returning Officer for Abia State governorship election, Professor Nnenna Oti has explained how she stood her ground for vote to count during the just concluded election in the state.
According to the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO), her refusal to compromise her stance and belief despite being offered money amid threat led to the reflection of the peoples will in the election.
Oti disclosed this while addressing students during her return to the school on Tuesday.
Students and staff of the institution had given their Vice Chancellor a hero’s welcome.
In a viral video, Oti said: “As an electoral officer, I have never in my life participated in any election but duty came calling.
“I made my enquires from Abuja and I said ‘If I perish, I perish’…
“They (names withheld) came with their threats, money, and intimidation but I stood my ground.
“I didn’t start today. I stand here before God and Jesus Christ, I have never defrauded anyone.
“I said under me, votes must count”.
The Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate in Abia State, Alex Otti defeated his opponents Okey Ahiwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Enyinnaya Nwafor of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) with 175, 467 votes to emerge the winner.