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APC demands cancellation of Anambra election

18 November 2013, 13:07

Abuja -  All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the cancellation of Saturday’s Anambra  Governorship Election, alleging to irregularities in the Voters’ Register and disenfranchisement of many voters.

In a statement signed by APC’s interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, in Abuja on Sunday, the party alleged that INEC used a Voters’ Register that was different from the one it gave to political parties.

"INEC, which was saddled with organising the election, inexplicably used a Voters' Register that was totally different from what it gave to political parties ahead of the election."

"The new register did not contain the names of most of the registered voters in the state," the statement said.

APC asked the commission to "save the nation from anarchy as a result of irregularities in the discharge of its duties".

The statement further said that if people who registered to vote were unable to do so, and the votes of those who managed to cast them did not count, then anarchy was looming.

APC therefore, called for a probe of INEC to determine why the commission "sabotaged" its own elections.

Earlier, the party boycotted the rescheduled election in Idemili North Local Government Area, describing the exercise as “a charade and mockery of democracy”.

Addressing newsmen in Awka on Sunday, the governorship candidate, Chris Ngige, said it was also considering calling for the cancellation of the entire election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC rescheduled the election in Obosi, in Idemili North, following the late arrival of materials.

Ngige claimed the late arrival of the materials was not only witnessed in Obosi but also in Awka South, Ogbaru, Njikoka and Idemili South local government areas, describing the areas as his stronghold.

"For example, in Idemili North, none of the polling units had result sheets and when they did in some areas, they arrived late when voters had left their booths.

"In Idemili South, especially my town in Alor , the voters’ register had the names of some eligible voters missing. It was a systematic rigging to remove the names of those favourable to me.

"There were forcefully locking out of agents of our party in Onitsha North, Awka South, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Anaocha and parts of Orumba.

"There were multiplicity of security officials and our party observers, including Nasir el-Rufai, national women leader, Sharon Ikeazo, and other ex-officio members who came to monitor the election were confined to a control room,” he said.

The governorship candidate said he had filed a petition to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to complain that the election was compromised.

"I weep for Nigeria because this is a country of great hopes but this generation has decided not to bequeath any good to the coming generations.

``We will end up leading them to human socio-economic quagmire. We are not going to participate in the charade that is going on in Obosi electoral division.

"When we made our request calling for an election in all the 306 polling units in Idemili against Obosi alone, we also said we were all Christians of different denominations in the state.

'Today is our day of worship. The churches start from 6.00 a.m. and conclude at about 3.00 p.m.

'Therefore, conducting an election on a Sunday is an affront to our religious belief and we don’t want our supporters to think we don’t honour God on a day of worship,’’ Ngige said.

According to him, the exercise gives the notion that INEC has taken one step forward from the 2011 general polls and three steps backward in the Anambra election.

Fielding questions from newsmen, Ngige added that by the provisions of the Electoral Act 2011, APC had the right to go to court to challenge the poll.

"With what has transpired and the degree of fraud, especially the question of result sheets not being sent with other election materials, we make further demands for the cancellation of the exercise,” he said.



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