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Unresolved Controversy Over Substitution Of APC Candidate For Sapele/Okpe/Uvwie Constituency

Posted: Jun 3, 2015 at 9:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By John Dugbe  –  Ughelli


More revelations have emerged on how the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representative candidate for Sapele/Okpe and Uvwie constituency, Mr. Gibson Akporehe’s, name was substituted during the last House of Representatives election. 

Akporehe alleged that his mane was substituted following a document allegedly forged by another aspirant, Christopher Anirah, in connivance with some officials of the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC).

Speaking in an interview with our correspondent, Akporehe stated that his name was unlawfully dropped as candidate by INEC following the forged document obtained by Anirah indicating that he (Akporehe) had withdrawn from the contest.

He accused Anirah of allegedly playing out a script written by some People’s Democratic Party (PDP) interests in Delta State, urging them to desist from further attempts to malign the APC national chairman, Chief Odige Oyegun and the Delta APC Guber candidate Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, by spreading falsehood in the media. According to Akporhe, “Following the primary that was held on 7th December, 2014, I was duly selected to represent the party and this is confirmed in the INEC files at Abuja. Strangely on December 18, 2014  without the party’s authorisation and consent, one Christopher Anirah, forged letter purportedly written me  (Gibson Akporehe) and the party chairman, claiming that I have withdrawn from the election and that the party is now forwarding the name of this so called ‘Christopher Anirah’ as replacement for me.

“When my attention was drawn to it, I met the leadership of the party, and gave them an ultimatum stating that they should go and reverse their illegality because it is embarrassing me otherwise I would ignore the party’s counsel that I should not go public by going to  instituting a legal action against this Anirha.

“Following my insistence, the Anirha was invited and was told that this is my position and that the best way out is to get what they did reversed because it does not exist in law and in fact and the only way they could get this done in law, is for the party national chairman to be part of it and for me who is withdrawing to have authored the letter, but since I didn’t author the letter and neither did the national chairman endorsing it, it makes it illegal.

“So, it became a tough issue for him. And to save himself from criminal prosecution, he now offered, before all of us; because we were working out details on how to go about it, by looking into the law because and the steps that can be taken at a specific time. Within the time under reference, there was only one option available to reverse the wrong that was committed against me and he opted for that option.”

However, Delta State APC Deputy Chairman, Mr Cyril Ogodo in his reaction said the matter was part of the political manoeuvrings involved in a democratic setting as both men were trying to outwit each other.

He said: “I have seen counter papers from both individuals including the one purported to have removed Gibson which was the original candidate that I submitted at the national body of the party.

“Though I have heard from both sides, there are some documents with signed affidavit using some constitutional provisions that Gibson withdrew from the race and by the virtue of my position, I have heard from both sides.

“At a point, INEC had Gibson’s name as the party’s candidate having won the primaries for the position, but persons from some quarters who wanted somebody else mysteriously assisted in the disappearance of his name.

“As an individual, I think all these are normal in politics as they are the ingredients that make the soup sweet and we all know that whoever emerges as winner, the overall winner would be the party, but give and take, the unanswered question is, who went to INEC to change Gibson’s name with Anirah?”

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Hospital Management Board, Mrs O. Vera has threatened legal action against Mr. Anirah noting that there was no time in its records that they made any entry for late Christopher Anirah at the Orerokpe Central Hospital.