* As LP candidate, Ubah joins call for poll cancellation
By Tony Edike, Vincent Ujumadu, Charles Kumolu & Enyim Enyim
AWKA – EVEN as result of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State is yet to be officially released by INEC, the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, Sunday, declared that his party’s victory in the election was well deserved.
He dismissed allegations by the candidates of PDP, APC and Labour party that the election was rigged as a non-issue saying APGA won convincingly because the people have absolute confidence in the party and its candidate.
Umeh addressed a news conference in Awka in reaction to the complaints by the three major contestants that the election was rigged by Governor Peter Obi with the support of some corrupt INEC officials who deleted names of their supporters from the voters register among other allegations.
Also Sunday, Ifeanyi Ubah, governorship candidate of Labour Party, faulted the outcome of the election saying having won convincingly at his Nnewi North local government, which is the stronghold of APGA (the home of Ojukwus), he was confident that he would have won in the entire state had APGA not rigged the poll.
Umeh told newsmen that he was surprised by the three parties’ claims that they were cheated in the election, saying their claims were untrue.
He said that unlike the previous elections in the state, there was no incident of ballot box snatching, violence or other irregularities to warrant anybody faulting the exercise.
“As far as I am concerned the election is free and fair, those people crying blue murder have inordinate ambition. By tomorrow when the result will be out I will face them. I challenge anybody who cares to analyze the results carefully and they will realize that APGA won in those councils where it had won other elections in past polls. There is no need whatsoever for any of the candidates to fault the exercise,” Umeh said.
He said that APGA “is not scared of their threats to go to court because APGA had been in court since its inception and cannot be afraid of litigation.”