With Chief Willie Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in last Saturday’s governorship election set to be formally declared winner of the election, a turmoil was erupting with oppositions alleging gross irregularities.
Obiano maintained a comfortable lead in 20 local government areas in early results, INEC deferred declaration of all the results till when the results from Idemili North Local Government Area were collated.
A rerun was held in 65 wards in Idemili North on Sunday. Election was cancelled in the 65 wards because election materials could not be delivered there on Saturday.
But three political parties and their candidates called for the cancellation of the election, alleging widespread irregularities.
The parties are the Peoples Democratic Party, the Labour Party and All Progressives Congress, which also boycotted the rerun declared in the 65 polling units in Idemili North Local Government Area on Sunday.
The candidates for the three parties, Tony Nwoye, Ifeanyi Ubah and Chris Ngige, at a joint press conference later in the day rejected the conduct of the election.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance however praised the conduct of the election and said INEC had fulfilled its promise to make the election the best it had ever conducted.
“We are satisfied with the way INEC has conducted this exercise so far. We are thoroughly satisfied with conduct of the security agencies,” the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, said.
Umeh accused those that questioned the credibility of the election of not being agents of the truth, who were only complaining because it had become clear to them that they would lose.
He said all the reports on the election were positive, saying there was no single report of violence as the police and army were at alert.
On the allegations that APGA rigged the process with INEC, Umeh said, “APGA will never rig election in this state. We believe in due process. We believe in the rule of law.”
But hours before the final results of the just concluded governorship election in Anambra State was announced on Sunday, candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Senator Chris Ngige, said he was weeping for Nigeria over the alleged inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct credible polls.
He said the result was predetermined as a result of the series of warning of recurring irregularities that was ignored by the commission, adding that if the election was not cancelled his only option would be to seek redress at the tribunal.
This came just as the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr. Tony Nwoye, lent credence to Ngige’s position when he also called for the total cancellation of the election following series of irregularities that marred the exercise.
Ngige also said his party did not participate in the rerun that was rescheduled for Sunday in 65 polling units in Idemili North Local Government Area.
On Sunday, however, about 200 women from the 21 local government areas in Anambra State allegedly were staging protests over the conduct of the elections carrying leaves and expressing their disappointment with Professor Jega. They claimed the election was not credible and called for its cancellation and the conduct of fresh ones.
A combined team of police officers and soldiers resisted their attempts to gain entry into the Inec offices in Awka. Angela Akukalia, a spokesperson for the women, said many people were disenfranchised as their names were not found on the voter registers.
She added: “Election materials were not even available in most polling units across the state. In areas where they were available, they arrived so late and by then, most people had gone home.
The Protesting women in Anambra election