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APGA Won Anaocha-Njikoka-Dunukofia Federal Constituency Election, Witness Tells Tribunal

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwjekwu Ilozue, Awka

The local government collation agent of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Anaocha-Njikoka-Dunukofia Federal Constituency in the national assembly election of April, 2015, Mr. Samuel Oraegbunam, has blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for falsification of the result of the election in the final result sheets which formed part of the petition filed by the APGA candidate, Mr. Dozie Nwankwo.

The INEC declared Dr. Okey Eze winner of the election.

Nwankwo had filed a petition against his opponent in the election, Dr. Okey Eze, and  INEC who are the first and second respondents in the case.

Under cross-examination by the respondents’ counsels before the first National Election Petition tribunal sitting in Awka and presided by Justice N. Aganaba,  Oraegbunam said that no party agent witnessed the issuance of the Certified True Copies (CTC) of the results issued by INEC.

He said that results could not be collated at ward levels as required by law because it was getting late and the results were taken to the local government headquarters of INEC for collation.

He, however, agreed that alterations in respect of booth results in Enugwu-Ukwu ward 1, booth 002, Adazi ward 1, booth 003 and Adazi Anu ward II, booth 003 were not properly signed by the Presiding Officer of those booths contrary to electoral law.

He said that under tensions that usually envelop elections, proper thing may not be done sometimes.

Asked if his party, APGA, stood to lose anything should the results be cancelled and ballots recounted, Oraebunam said the respondents benefitted from the mutilated results and that the best thing is for the tribunal to decide on the winner based on the evidence before it.

The matter was adjourned to July 31 for continuation of hearing.