By Dare Lawal
Having stated it separately, the major opposition candidates in the recently conducted Anambra governorship election, have come together to state collectively that they will not participate in the November 30 supplementary elections.
The governorship candidates of Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Nwoye, Labour Party, Ifeanyi Ubah, and the All Progressive Congress, Chris Ngige, told the press that they were not prepared to be used as ‘guinea pigs” to give legitimacy to the controversial election.
Chris Ngige had more issues against the election, stating that the register used for the election was printed in Enugu. He also said that the voter register used in the Agulu ward of the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, featured under age voters.
Ngige insisted that the voter register given to the parties was different from the one used for the election by the INEC, adding that they had great pains as the state did not have enough NYSC members as presiding officers.
He accused INEC of using students of Unizik as presiding officers, saying, “We have evidence that Unizik students were used as presiding officers.”
For Ngige, it was not just an issue of INEC’s incompetence but clear rigging. He alleged that the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra State, Prof Onukaogu served as the head of a cabal that rigged the election.
He said, “The INEC administrative inquiry is of no value and therefore we will not participate in the supplementary election.
“The election has no result sheet. All we are saying is that the electoral officer of Idemili north, Chukwujekwu Okeke did not act alone. He is part of a syndicate that rigged the election.
“We will want to reassure Anambra people that we are here to fight for them. What happened in Anambra State was not proper. If those who rigged the election are allowed to escape, then annulment of my election in 2006 was not proper. They said that my election was tainted, hence it was annulled. I have repented.
“We have rejected the November 30 supplementary election.”
Uba said, “I will not be part of the November 30 charade.”
The PDP candidate, Nwoye on his part, said he would not take part in the supplementary election slated for November 30.