by Paul Osas
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has formally petitioned the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, seeking the cancellation of the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State.
The party, in its petition, demanded that the Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof, Chukwuemeka Onukogu, be transferred out of Anambra State and a new REC be appointed to supervise fresh elections instead of the supplementary election being planned by the commission. The APC also called for the arrest and prosecution of Prof. Onukogu “and members of his syndicate” who allegedly ruined the poll.
”These are the ways to rebuild public confidence in your commission and restore the integrity of the electoral process,” the party wrote in the petition, dated Nov. 18th and jointly signed by its Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande and Interim National Secretary, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah.
It urged INEC to discontinue all arrangements for the conduct of the supplementary election, and demanded that no candidate in the November 16 poll should be returned as the winner pending the conduct of a fresh election.
”Our demand is predicated on the serious irregularities and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended which characterized the conduct of the said election. To proceed with the election as proposed by your Commission will amount to a gruesome assault on the right of the people of Anambra State to elect a Governor of their choice and a legitimizing of a grave travesty of the electoral process as witnessed during the November 16, 2013 Governorship Election,” APC said.