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Elections: APGA heads to tribunal as Umeh, Ngige lose

By Anayo Okoli & Vincent Ujumadu

Awka The All  Progressives Grand Alliance,  APGA,  in Anambra State says it is heading to the election petition tribunal to recover the seats  allegedly taken from the party by the Peoples Democratic Party,  PDP, after Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections.

Victor Umeh
Victor Umeh

The party in Abia State also  alleged that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, doctored some polling booth results of the National Assembly elections held last Saturday, saying it would not accept any of the manipulated results.

The Independent National Electoral Commission,  INEC,  declared PDP candidates winners of the election for the three senatorial and 11 House of Representatives seats. Mrs. Uche Ekwunife of PDP floored national chairman of APGA,  Chief Victor Umeh and the incumbent Senator for Anambra central,  Dr. Chris Ngige.

But addressing reporters at Aguluzigbo, the national chairman of APGA,  Chief Victor Umeh said his party would definitely recover the seats because APGA won convincingly.

He said : “ We have decided to speak about the fraudulent declaration of the senatorial election results for Anambra State.

“At the time the collation was to start,  it was noticed that there were no collation officers and INEC officials took everything to the local government headquarters where the magic was done.

“The results they later announced had nothing to do with the election conducted on Saturday. “

He wondered why Anambra should continue to be used as the guinea pigs for rigging election,  recalling the 2003 election  that took APGA three years to recover.

Umeh said it was unfortunate that PDP and INEC chose to do this to APGA when the party supported President Jonathan and voted for him massively.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Abia State has alleged that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, doctored some polling booth results of the National Assembly elections held last Saturday, saying it would not accept any of the manipulated results.

The party’s governorship candidate in the state, Dr. Alex Otti, who made the allegations, claimed that the transition committee chairmen in the councils used security agents to intimidate APGA agents and in some cases, allegedly snatched ballot boxes.

Otti specifically mentioned Isiala Ngwa North and South, Aba North and South, Osisioma, Ugwunagbo, Ohafia, Arochukwu and Umunneochi as council areas where the chairmen brazenly intimidated his party’s agents and flouted the electoral law.

But PDP in a swift reaction, dismissed the allegation as baseless as the party’s chairman in the state, Senator Emma Nwaka, said Otti was lamenting for nothing.

Otti said the location of INEC offices in council headquarters gave them the added advantage to commit impunity and advised that INEC office be removed from council headquarters.

He also suggested  that coalition of election results should no longer be done at INEC offices in the council headquarters.

“Transition Committee, TC, chairmen of Isiala Ngwa North and South, Aba North, Ugwunagbo, Ohafia, Osisioma, Arochukwu and Umunneochi made sure that credible results did not come out, they made sure that the results were manipulated.

“Because INEC offices are housed in the local government headquarters, the transition council chairmen used security men, real and fake, to change the results, so we have results not consistent with the various booth results.

“We have communicated this to INEC at all levels; we will not accept any result manipulated. There were also cases of ballot box snatching at Isiala Ngwa North and South and Ugwunagbo; we will insist on the right thing being done,” Otti lamented.

He also alleged that at Nkporo, the home town of speaker of Abia State House of Assembly and deputy governorship candidate, results emanated though no elections took place.

“At Nkporo, no election was held; people sat down and wrote results. We also believe that some of those who conducted the lections were not INEC staff but PDP,” he claimed.

Also, the member representing Umunneochi State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Prince Ikedi Ezekwesiri, who is seeking re-election on the platform of APGA, corroborated Dr. Otti’s account of alleged rigging by PDP.

He alleged that in his council area, Umunneochi, the current member of the House of Representatives, used soldiers to intimidate members of other political parties, especially APGA and their agents and in some case,s allegedly snatches ballot boxes in collaboration with the council chairman.

He also accused the electoral officer for the area of “manifest compromise,” lamenting that “the election was unarguably the worst electoral embarrassment INEC would have received in its life.”

Ezekwesiri gave several instances where he alleged that the lawmaker and the council chairman, and that the oresiding officers refused to declare the number of accredited voters before voting commenced.

He also gave an instance in a polling booth where only 180 voters were accredited, alleging that the House of Representative member allegedly allocated to herself 700 votes because the number of registered voters in the unit was 749.


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