The Candidate of People’s Democratic Party PDP in Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state, Mr. Tony Nwoye and his labour party counterpart, Ifeanyi Uba have both called for total cancellation of the poll, alleging electoral frauds and manipulation.
Speaking to journalists on Sunday in Awka, Nwoye, in an emotion-laden voice, accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of “scientifically rigging the election in favour of APGA,” through security agencies, especially the Police and Army.According to Nwoye, who further accused the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Chukwuma Onukaogu, of deliberately desenfranchising his people, the exercise was a monumental fraud and embarrassment to the people of Anambra state and Nigeria in general.
Earlier, All Progressive Congress candidate in the eleection, Dr. Chris Ngige, had made similar allegation against the electoral body.
He alleged that the election was massively manipulated to the extent that many voters names were missing in the voter register, including myself, my mother, and 79 year old father.”
He described the election as the worst election ever experienced in the state, insisting that the election be cancelled, saying it is highly unacceptable to him as a person.
Both Ngige and Nwoye alleged that electoral materials were not dispatched to their areas of strength.
Asked if he intends challenging the election result in court when announced by INEC, he said he was going to consult the national leadership of his party on the next line of action.
In a similar reaction, the Labour party candidate, Uba, accused INEC of using security operatives to harass and intimidate the electorate on Saturday.
Uba, who described the election as shameful and disappointing, called on INEC to declare him winner of the poll, because despite the massive rigging by APGA, he (Ifeanyi Uba) won the political contest.
“I want INEC to cancel the election, or declare me the winner, because I won it “the LP candidate declared.
According to him, “with what happened on Saturday in Anambra state, the integrity of the INEC National chairman, professor Atahiru jega is now at stake.”