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Political parties slam "divisive" Anambra governor

21 November 2013, 07:32Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has expressed concern at the conduct of Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, accusing him of fanning ethnic tensions.

The concern comes in the wake of the chaotic elections that were held in the state last weekend.

“The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) is alarmed over Governor Peter Obi’s penchant for ethnic card, which portends danger for our fledgling democracy. Penultimate day, it was the issue of Yorubas deporting Igbos from Lagos, forgetting that he deported non-indigenes in 2009. Yesterday it was an Hausa man, in this instance Malam Nasiru Elrufai, who came to stop his rigging plan and today the ethnic card allegation is that it was Osun State women who demonstrated at Awka against the sham Anambra State governorship election,” Osita Okechukwu, CNPP National Publicity Secretary, stated.

CNPP argued that “for the avoidance of doubt,” the women who demonstrated were aggrieved and courageous bonafide Anambra women whom Independent National Electoral Commission head, Professor Attahiru Jega, deliberately not only disenfranchised but stole their mandate.

Okechukwu reiterated CNPP’s calls for the total cancellation of the election and resignation of Professor Jega for alleged complicity.

He alleged the events had shown the “invincible hand” of President Goodluck Jonathan in the sham election.

“Otherwise how can his party, the People’s Democratic Party abandon its candidate, Comrade Tony Nwoye and support APGA’s Pyrrhic victory in the face of gross irregularities and substantial evidence that tainted the election,” Okechukwu stated.

– CAJ News


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