Three major political party landmarks in the yet-to-be-concluded Anambra governorship election, APC, PDP, and LP who earlier on discredited the results of the last Saturday Election in Anambra State have further reiterated their positions that the election was rigged and therefore should be cancelled, else they will not participate in any supplementary election INEC may be planning to organized.
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress on Friday made the position of the APC known while reacting to the claim of the INEC helmsman, Prof. Attahiru Jega that there were lack of sufficient evidence for the electoral umpire to accede to the call of the aggrieved guber-candidates and their parties to cancel the Saturday election in Anambra state.
Also, following Prof. Jega’s statement, other gubernatorial candidates for the past Nov. 16 election, in Anambra who spoke through their various media aides also condemned the action of INEC, accusing the body of fraud and connivance with the ruling party to ensure that no election goes well in the country. They insisted that the previous election was characterized by fraud and therefore must be cancelled. They said they will not be part of any re-scheduled election, if the previous one was not cancelled.
Dr. Chris Ngige, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress who had earlier expressed disappointment over the conduct of the election, speaking through his media aide said that he had not choice but to challenge the fraudulent actions of INEC.
The aggrieved candidates had equally attacked the leadership of INEC saying that its yesterday’s comment was not in tandem with what it said earlier indicating that there were reasons to doubt the credibility of the election but only that INEC lacked the power to cancel the election. According to them, yesterday’s statement by Jega that there were no enough evidence for the election to be canceled by INEC showed a paradigm shift from its earlier position. This they feared raises questions for INEC.
On November 16th, being last Saturday the long awaited governorship election in Anamba State took place, while a candidate, precisely the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Obiano garnered a winning vote of 174,710 which totaled 42.52% of votes cast, was smiling and making merriment, the other candidates have lost confidence in electoral process and are lamenting about the results.
According to the result:
1. APGA – – 42. 52% with total of 174,710
2. PDP – – 23.11% with total of 94,956
3. APC – – 22. 46% with total of 92,300
4. LP – – 9.11% with total of 37,446
5. PPA – – 1.29% with total of 5,056
6. Others – – 1.51% with total of 6461.
INEC, however had reasons to cancel the election in some wards and declare the Anambra Poll inclusive. The electoral umpire only yesterday came up with a date, November 30, being next Saturday, for the rescheduled election to complete the process before a winner of the election will emerge.
Article by Chime Emeozo