by Segun Odeleye
Politics, they say, is a game of interests – no permanent friend or foe. And so it was that three candidates who had demonised each other during the #Anambra2013 campaign season, came together to take on both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Chris Ngige, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Comrade Tony Nwoye and Labour Party ( LP) Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, mounted pressure on the electoral body, INEC, rejected the results so far announced by the commission and described the election as “a monumental charade.”
They called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to as a matter of urgency cancel the election and arrange the conduct of a fresh one in the state before the March 2014 handover date by Governor Peter Obi.
Sen. Ngige spoke on behalf of the candidates.
He said, “We are here to tell the whole world that the as a result of the high scale irregularities and fraudulent practices which characterized the faulty election, we call for the cancellation of the election which held yesterday in Anambra State and we hereby use this opportunity to call on the INEC to do that and arrange a new governorship election in the state at which the people will elect a governor of their choice in a free and fair manner.”
The candidates listed five grounds for cancellation namely a fraudulent voters register, the manipulation of results sheets, security harassment, and large scale financial inducement of voters at polling units by the ruling party.
“So, when we reviewed all these things, we have come to the inevitable conclusion that this commission is determined to go back to the old ways of doing things, and we will not accept that. The gains of the 2011 elections have been lost through this singular election in Anambra State. We therefore, without equivocations call for the cancellation of the election and a new one conducted,” Ngige said.
Ngige said that INEC should not announce any result as the election has not been validly concluded.
Both Ubah and Nwoye also took turns to speak and reecho the call by Ngige.