THE Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has declared Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State inconclusive, just as it says a supplementary election would hold before a winner could be declared.
But the All Progressive Congress, APC and Labour Party LP have called for total cancellation of the Anambra governorship election, insisting that the exercise was marred by all manners of electoral irregularities.
APC flagbearer, Dr. Chris Ngige, had also announced that APC would not participate in the Sunday rescheduled election in 65 polling units in Obosi, Idemili North council area of the state cancelled by INEC.
However, INEC Returning Officer in the election, Mr. James Okueke, who released results for the 21 councils of the state, said the front runner and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Willy Obiano could not be pronounced outright winner as the margin between him the first runner-up, Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was less than the total number of registered voters in the areas where voting never took place on Saturday.
According to available results, APGA polled 174,710 votes, PDP has 94,956 votes, APC 92,300 votes and Labour Party 37,446 votes to emerge first, second, third and fourth positions in that order.
Okueke declared that a total of 429,554 votes were cast, out of which 113,013 ballots were rejected, noting that the margin between the APGA and PDP candidates was 79,774 votes.
He said it was therefore impossible for any one to be declared winner at this stage until when a supplementary election is held in the affected wards and units across the state .
LP, APC and PDP have reiterated calls for the outright cancellation of the entire exercise, alleging gross electoral irregularities inducement of voters on the election day.
They are also calling for the immediate sack of the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu who they blamed for the irregularities in the election.