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AS Anaocha APGA leadership fumed over re-run election results

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 6:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka / Special Correspondent, Awka 


The leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anaocha Local Government area of Anambra State has rejected the result of re-run election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anoacha State Constituencies I and II, saying it does not reflect what happened in the field.

APGA, therefore, called on INEC to announce its candidates, Ejike Okechukwu, for Constituency I, and Azubuike Okoye for Constituency II winners of the election based on results collated at each polling unit.

It said the results showed APGA won landslide.

The party rejected any result announced outside what was generated at the polling units as recorded by agents of the different political parties.

It wondered what is the essence of the election since the votes of the masses would not count.

Chairman of Anaocha Local Government area, Ikeobi Ejioffor, flanked by the candidate of the party, Ejike Okechukwu, for Constituency 1 and the Anaocha Local Government party Chairman, Erastus Ifeanyi Orji, announced this at a press conference at White Castel Hotel, Nneni.

He said the announcement of PDP candidates, Charles Ezeani, for Anaocha Constituency 1 and Francis Okoye for Anaocha Constituency II as winners of the said election against results generated in the polling units were anti-democratic and condemnable.

Ejioffor decried the alleged collusion of INEC staff and security agencies, including the army, police and thugs in altering results which were announced at each polling units clearly showing APGA was winning with over 900 votes and 2,100 votes in constituencies 1 and 2 respectively.

He narrated how some army officers molested him at his council area and placed him under house arrest because he refused to leave his office.

He appealed for collective effort in saving democracy “as the trend ongoing now is undemocratic”.

Contributing, the Anaocha Constituency 1 collation agent for APGA in Adazi Ani Ward 2, Ndubuisi Obiadi, said the results as announced was a brazen stealing of the mandate of the people as APGA won convincingly in all the units in his ward.

He said APGA got 259 votes against PDP’s 186, but that rather than announce the results, the collation officer, Chukwudi Onyejekwe, padded numbers in the result already declared from polling units and announced that PDP got 1,190  and APGA that won now got 186, which he described it as a rape on democracy.

Obiadi spoke of how APGA won on polling unit by polling unit basis, brandishing a copy of the results signed by other agents at the polling units.

He said of the 12 polling units in his ward APGA won seven and PDP won four while they drew one.

Candidate of APGA for Anaocha 1, Okechukwu Ejike, appealed to INEC to declare him winner having won the election on polling booth results basis.

He decried the attitude of the returning officer, Dr Pius Okoye, who declared a PDP candidate winner against the real results generated by the voters and witnessed by agents of all the political parties, describing it as an insult on democracy and the intelligence of the electorate.

He appealed to his constituents to remain calm as they are following all due process to recover the mandate stolen by PDP in connivance of INEC and police.

The local government party leader, Ifeanyi Orji, concurred with the views of the chairman of the local government and candidate of the party, saying what happened in this 2015 elections was what they experienced in 2003.

Orji appealed to INEC to reverse the charade by announcing APGA candidates winners as the results showed APGA won.

Meanwhile the Deputy Chairman of the Anaocha Local Government, Benjamine Ugonna, described what he saw in Anaocha constituencies re-run election as a charade, electoral fraud and unprecedented electoral manipulation, adding, “There are things that you do you begin to rubbish democracy and all the efforts Prof Attahiru Jega has put in building sustainable democracy where the votes count. How can an election concoction be sustained in this age and time. This will not help the state”.

The party claimed that the results announced were given to the Returning Officer from outside the area in connivance with security agents and INEC officials.

The party said it was protesting the results announced as irregularities were glaring at Nri Ward 1 and Ichida Ward 1 among other wards.