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One killed, property destroyed over election result in Anambra

BY VINCENT UJUMADU
TENSION is mounting in the sleepy community of Ogwu Ikpele in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra State over alleged falsification of the National Assembly election result for the constituency.

One person was feared dead, while one Charles Oputa, said to be the ward chairman of APGA in the area sustained injuries, following attack by political opponents.

Also, the house of one Chukwudi Nwadike, who is the coordinator of the campaign organization of the APGA candidate, Mr. Afam Ogene, was destroyed and he is said to be taking refuge with neighbours.

No winner had been announced for the federal constituency due to alleged irregularities at Ogwu Ikpele during the election held last Saturday.

Though the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was said to have taken the decision to conduct a rerun in the area, having cancelled the result of the ward, the people of the area were said to have become apprehensive, following alleged spirited attempt by a political godfather in the state to prevail on INEC to reverse the earlier decision to cancel the result in that particular ward  for a rerun.

The godfather was said to be pushing for total cancellation if the candidate of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was not declared winner, even when the said candidate was trailing the candidate of APGA.

APGA candidate, Ogene, told reporters in Awka that though election went on smoothly, things took another dimension during the collation of votes, when it was discovered that votes from Ogwu Ikpele ward was inflated, adding that it was on that basis that the returning officer decided to cancel it.

He said that result announced by the returning officer showed that  APGA scored 9575 votes, while PDP came second with 8,550.


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