APC threatens to reject results

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Ngige after casting his vote

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday threatened to reject the results of the governorship election in Anambra if voting did not take place in all the local governments.

A statement from its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said it would reject results from its strongholds of Idemili North, Idemili South and Awka South.

The party condemned the shortcomings in the voters’ register which omitted the names of many voters.

It also demanded the immediate removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukogu.

”Before the election, political parties were given voter’s registers that largely contained the names of most voters.

“However, about four days to the election, INEC said at a stakeholders’ forum that there were problems with the register, which would be rectified before the election.

”However, when the supposedly-corrected registers were brought back, most of the authentic names in them have disappeared without explanation,” it further stated.

The party’s candidate, Dr Chris Ngige expressed disappointment with the conduct of election, stressing that there was a deliberate attempt to dis-enfranchise voters in areas that are his stronghold.

Ngige who spoke with reporters after casting his votes, said that “From reports reaching us, there is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise voters in Idemili North, Idemili South, Awka South, portions of Dunukofia, all aimed at my voting strength centres.

“Idemili North alone has 180,000 registered voters. In the last Senatorial election, it was a place that I scored the highest number of votes, more than any other Senatorial candidate.

“Idemili South is also my home base. Part of Aniocha, like Ichida, Adazi-Enu – they have been voting for me. And in all these places, there’s shortage of electoral materials.”

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