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Filing of petitions in Anambra guber election ends

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—THE 30–day period for the filing of petitions against the February 6 governorship election in Anambra State, ended yesterday with only two persons, Dr. Chris Ngige of the Action Congress, AC, and Dr. Christian Okoli of the United Nigeria Democratic Party, UNDP, challenging the result of the election won by Mr. Peter Obi of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Ngige filed his petition on Friday, while  Okoli filed his petition yesterday at the premises of the state High Court complex,   where the tribunal is located. Only the staff of the tribunal were on duty as the entire staff of the Ministry are still on strike.

While Ngige wants a  run-off between him and the APGA candidate, who he said, did not meet the constitutional requirement to be declared winner, Okoli is asking for the outright cancellation of the results, because of the disenfranchisement of voters.

Okoli who spoke with reporters at the court premises, regretted that despite the publicity given the Anambra election, only about 300,000 people cast their votes out of the registered 1.8 million voters.

“Election results and figures are part of demographic figures of a people. If we accept that only 301,000 people voted in such a well publicized election out of the 1.8 million registered voters, then something was wrong. There could not have been apathy in that election because people came out to vote but were not allowed to cast their votes,” he said.


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