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Anambra Assembly Elections: APC Seeks Cancellation in 13 constituencies



Elections 2015

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel Saturday’s House of Assembly elections conducted in 13 Constituencies of Anambra.

The state Chairman of the party, Emeka Ibe, at a news conference on Monday in Awka, called for the cancellation of the results in Idemili North and Idemili South constituencies.

Others are Orumba South, Orumba North Constituency 2, Njikoka, Dunukofia, Nnewi South, Anambra East, Anambra West, Anaocha, Onitsha South and part of Onitsha North and Awka South 1 and 2 constituencies.

Ibe said that the polls conducted in the areas were not free, fair and credible and were not conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act, 2010.

According to him, manual accreditation was again used across the state contrary to the provisions of INEC guidelines on elections, which did not give credibility to the exercise.

He claimed that most of the presiding officers employed by INEC were card-carrying members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

According to him, they were mostly seen either releasing ballot papers to members to thumbprint, or carrying out simultaneous accreditation and voting, even after accreditation had ended.

He said that only five polling units had been collated out of 65 polling units in Obosi, when collation was discontinued without cause.

“Once again Idemili North has been deliberately messed up for the simple reason of being an APC stronghold.”

“The same played out in Awka South where no collation took place at all because INEC collation officer failed to report.”

“In Ifite Ogwari 1 and 2, Umueje, Omasi, Igbakwu and Umumbo of Ayamelum local council area, no election took place but results were written.”

“The widespread short-change of voters in Onitsha South should not go unaddressed.”

“We have documentary evidence of the situation in four centres,” he said.

Ibe, however, said that the party would seek redress at the tribunal, if INEC failed to cancel the election in the affected areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that INEC had on April 12, declared APGA candidates winner of the state assembly polls in 25 constituencies out of 30.

The commission also rescheduled the polls in four constituencies namely Aguata I, Anaocha 1 and 2 and Ekwusigo, over irregularities while the result of Anambra West constituency was still being awaited.

Meanwhile, the state chairman of APGA, Mike Kwento, has expressed happiness over the victory of the party, saying that it had confirmed the fact that the party was still on ground.

“The victory will give Gov. Willie Obiano the freedom to continue the good job he is doing in the state without harassment from opposition in the state House of Assembly.”

“We are sure that even though we have won in 25 out of 30 seats, we will win 100 per cent in the other constituencies when the elections are finally conducted,” Kwento said.

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  1. jwezee

    April 13, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    APC should learn to NOT be bitter loosers…silly drama queens…most of these politicians should learn from president Jonathan..

    • from an unbiased Anambra girl.

      April 13, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Exactly. From an unbiased point of view….APC you can never win in Anambra state. That’s the plain truth. Whether manual or otherwise.
      don’t be too greedy, let opposition parties win in some states to keep you guys on your toes.
      Getting Lagos and the federal government is putting too much power in one man’s hands (tinubu).
      if we’re not careful, the APC will become even worse than the PDP ever worse. Let’s not put too much power in their hands. It could backfire. …Our votes may not even count then…because they already seem too power hungry.
      APC congratulate the winner and move on. You’ve done well in this elections.
      now its time to PROVE yourselves worthy of our votes….give the south south and south east reason to beg you to be part of them.

  2. Emeka Uzochukwu

    April 15, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Am much interested in ANAOCHA CONSTITUENCY II.

  3. anietie sunday

    April 16, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I submit my humble opinion,that APC seeking for the cancellation of Anambra election should just forget about that idea,it will not work,you must not dominate all the states take note of that.

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