by Paul Osas
Chris Ngige, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the November 16 governorship election in Anambra state has said that his party is in possession of evidence on how the poll was allegedly rigged.
Ngige, said: “We have on tape a policeman thumb printing for APGA and INEC officials running away with election materials.”
He revealed this at a press conference in Awka.
Speaking further, Ngige said that: “This INEC used students instead of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to starve us of election materials.”
It is unclear if Ngige was alleging that some polling units had only students as officers. However, traditionally INEC has always used students during elections as Assistant Presiding Officers to assist the corp members who are the Presiding Officers in each polling unit.
But Ngige alleged that, “all the electoral officers were all compromised, like the one in Idemili North who deliberately acted on the orders of INEC and APGA. Students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka here were used as poll clerks just to find fault in APC and to favour their lecturer, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who ran as deputy to the APGA candidate in the election. Much more astonishing is that they wore NYSC uniforms because of the election and when they are taught how to perfect fraud, somebody will tell Nigerians that this country will be good. This is the disposition of the personnel that came to work in the election.”
Ngige said: “INEC on Sunday came up with what it called supplementary election. The votes allocated to APC during the so-called election on Sunday were fake because we did not participate. Our stand is clear. The election was fraught with intimidation, with thuggery, with disenfranchisement of our voters and total partisanship by the electoral body.”
He expressed disappointment with in the system: “If it were a bazaar, it would have been a different thing and APC would have prepared for it, but we were told by INEC and the President of this country, Goodluck Jonathan, that it would be free, fair and credible. But it was not the case.
“Because they told us that they were ready for the election, that was why we conformed to it because we thought that those errors and mistakes had been corrected in the voter register, without knowing that it was a deceit,” he said.
In his view, “the election was a systematic way to deal with the opposition parties in this state, especially APC, and the same thing happened in 2011 during my senatorial election.”
He blamed it all on Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, who he accused of adopting “the same tricks he used in 2011 by adopting his APGA system to dislodge Ngige and APC.”
“To my mind, the election was flawed ab-initio,” Ngige said.