Awka - The All Progressives Congress
(APC) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel
Saturday’s House of Assembly elections conducted in 13 Constituencies of
The state Chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibe, at a news
conference on Monday in Awka, called for the cancellation of the results in
Idemili North and Idemili South constituencies.
Others are Orumba South, Orumba North Constituency 2,
Njikoka, Dunukofia, Nnewi South, Anambra East, Anambra West, Anaocha, Onitsha
South and part of Onitsha North and Awka South 1 and 2 constituencies.
Ibe said that the polls conducted in the areas were not
free, fair and credible and were not conducted in substantial compliance with
the Electoral Act, 2010.
According to him, manual accreditation was again used across
the state contrary to the provisions of INEC guidelines on elections, which did
not give credibility to the exercise.
He claimed that most of the presiding officers employed by
INEC were card-carrying members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
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According to him, they were mostly seen either releasing
ballot papers to members to thumbprint, or carrying out simultaneous
accreditation and voting, even after accreditation had ended.
He said that only five polling units had been collated out
of 65 polling units in Obosi, when collation was discontinued without cause.
“Once again Idemili North has been deliberately messed up
for the simple reason of being an APC stronghold.
“The same played out in Awka South where no collation took
place at all because INEC collation officer failed to report.
“In Ifite Ogwari 1 and 2, Umueje, Omasi, Igbakwu and Umumbo
of Ayamelum local council area, no election took place but results were
“The widespread short-change of voters in Onitsha South
should not go unaddressed.
"We have documentary evidence of the situation in four
centres,” he said.
Ibe, however, said that the party would seek redress at the
tribunal, if INEC failed to cancel the election in the affected areas.
It is recalled that INEC had on
April 12, declared APGA candidates winner of the state assembly polls in 25
constituencies out of 30.
The commission also rescheduled the polls in four
constituencies namely Aguata I, Anaocha 1 and 2 and Ekwusigo, over
irregularities while the result of
Anambra West constituency was still being awaited.
Meanwhile, the state chairman of APGA, Chief Mike Kwento,
has expressed happiness over the victory
of the party, saying that it had confirmed the fact that the party was still on
“The victory will give Gov. Willie Obiano the freedom to
continue the good job he is doing in the state without harassment from
opposition in the state House of Assembly.
“We are sure that even though we have won in 25 out of 30
seats, we will win 100 per cent in the other constituencies when the elections
are finally conducted,” Kwento said.