Anambra election stalemate: Dr Chris Ngige now declared winner of Anambra Central Senatorial district

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Chris Ngige,laughing last. as the winner of Anambra Central Senatorial District

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Dr Chris Ngige as the real winner of the senatorial election in Anambra Central Senatorial District.

It had earlier been declared to undergo a rerun after a dirty trick had been sighted which warranted a major protest from Dr Ngige.

 

It had been earlier reported that the rerun date would be fixed.

In a dramatic turn over of events, INEC late on Monday declared Dr Ngige the winner putting paid to speculations that former Nigeria Communication Minister had been given undue mandate as the winner of the election.

The decision to do a rerun was announced at a press conference in Awka by the newly appointed Returning Officer for Anambra Central, Prof. Charles Esinone.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, also attended the briefing, where he told newsmen that Esinone had been replaced the former Returning Officer, Mr. Alex Anene.

The major candidates in the election are a former governor of the state, Dr. Chris Ngige (Action Congress of Nigeria); ex-Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili (All Progressives Grand Alliance); and the incumbent, Chief Annie Okonkwo (Accord Party).

The declaration of the result ran into a deadlock when Anene said on Sunday that he was being pressurised by officials of the state government and APGA to declare Akunyili as the winner of the poll.

 

He had told newsmen in Awka that the interests promised him a house, scholarship for his children and N10 million if he declared Akunyili as the winner of the election and accepted the ‘mutilated’ result from Njikoka Local Government Area.

He said he rejected the gifts and was quitting the assignment because his conscience would not allow him to announce a mutilated result.

Ngige swiftly petitioned INEC, asking it to cancel the result in Anaocha Local Government Area because 22,000 votes were allocated in it to Akunyili.

However, at a separate briefing at her campaign office in Awka, Akunyili said that before the election, Anene was arrested with fake poll monitors and later released on bail.

She alleged that instead of going to report to the police, Anene called journalists and raised allegations against her party.

Report by Nation

The controversy over the Anambra Central Senatorial District election has been laid to rest.

Ex-Governor Chris Nwabueze Ngige of the Action Congress of Nigeria (AC N) was last night declared the winner.

Returning Officer Dr. Alex Anene announced that Ngige polled 68,208 votes to defeat his closest rival, former Minister of Information Prof. Dora Akunyili, who scored 68,164 votes.

Mrs. Akunyili ran on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Senator Annie Okonkwo of the Accord Party (AP) scored 23,346 votes. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate scored 18,578. Two people, Oguguo Okoye and Chudi Offodile, are battling for the PDP ticket.

The Returning Officer, who announced the result at the Tourist Gardens Hotel in Awka under tight security, said he had all authentic results duly written on Form EC8.

“No one else has the authority to declare the result of this election. No result was cancelled; all of them are intact”, he said.

A big row had broken out over the result as Mrs. Akunyili and Ngige claimed victory in the election.

Anene on Sunday alleged that his life was in danger and vowed to quit the job.

He said he was offered N10million, a duplex and a car to announce the result in favour of Akunyili, instead of Ngige, who, he said, won.

Last night, Anene said he wanted to complete his assignment.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukogu, had earlier announced the cancellation of elections in 10 wards across four local government areas. He ordered a rerun. He also announced Prof. Charles Esimonye as the new Returning Officer who would handle the rerun poll after Anene’s alleged resignation.

INEC

Onukaogu said areas where the rerun election would take place are: Enugwu-Ukwu Ward I; Nimo Ward I and III; Nri Ward II, which has two units; Obosi;  – Umunachi; Nkpor and Umuoji.

The wards are in Idemili North, Idemili South, Dunukofia and Njikoka local governments.

Onukogu said he canceled the elections in the four local government areas following protest from Ngige.

Charles Odedo of the ACN had earlier declared winner of the election in Idemili North/South federal constituency.

Dora Akunyili

Akunyili last night declined to comment on the declaration of the ex-governor as winner of the election.

A lady who described herself as the Personal Assistant to Akunyili said on the telephone that her principal “is not the right person to answer this question.”

“If you listened to news this night (yesterday) you would have heard the results that were announced. That is what we know,” she said.


 

9 COMMENTS

  1. INEC please Stand up for what is right even if you are standing alone. Why are you people doing this to the Ex-Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige? What did he do? You want to tanish his political career.”FOR HOW LONG WILL YOU KILL OUR PROPHET”
    We Anambrans, Anambra Centrans love him.
    Give him this opportunity to represent us.
    LONG LIVE ONWA
    LONG LIVE CHRIS NGIGE
    LONG LIVE SENATOR
    LONG LIVE ANAMBRA CENTRAL
    LONG LIVE ANAMBRA STATE
    LONG LIVE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

  2. With all due respect i advice Madam Akunyili to please back out and face her federal apointment relationship alone and alow our preciouse vote for the man that understands our problem or rather our Anambrarian’s problem solution solver in the person of Honourable Dr Christ Ngige to go ahead and expose ones more what is surpose to be our quota from the fedral level which those there before has refused doing just as he did in the governorship level in anambra states. i also wish to advice Madam Dora to forget without any regreat her indulgent in Anambra politics and please bear with us because indeed she have never represented us the igbos as she ought to have done because if trully she has done so, the post of infomation minister which was zoned for us would not have been giving to another but because she never worked towards bringing any igbo man closer to her while in office, she left there and recomended another tribe. so in my judgement and conclution to this matter i’m mandating Madan Dora to please stay off Anambra politics completlly not even staying aside as Babangida did, indeed i am happy she understads this exactlly when she said it all by her self that she will be more happier to loose ellection than to loose her credibility so the ball is now in your court because if this ellection is to be re runed, the evidence will be more clear that your result was falsified. In conclution,we apreciate your good work while in Nafdac and as the information minister especially during the Yaradua saga but your problem is that you are distancing your self from helping us your brothers otherwise, how many igbo’s or Agulu people to be presise is working in Nafdac?. please use your lips and count your teeth because one good turn with your people deserves another good turn from your people. Thanks, Magnus

  3. magnus. u ain’t worth it. hw can ngige petition 4 re-run nd INEC announces dat he is d winner nd he accepts it. he shuld go to d polls 4 rerun nd Dora wuld show him d stuff he is made of. As for Mr. alex anene whu wants to tanish d image of APGA sori 4 him. Lets all go bak 4 rerun nd know our senator 4 anambra central. As d north nd south/ they are subject to court litigations.

  4. Yes ooo. Onwa chris ngige of anambra, na him we know. We did not want any other person on that seat except him. He has done it before, and i belive that after this, he will still go further to complete his work cos ever since he left that governorship position, the works have been there waiting for him to come and complete. Chris, u are really an action man. Carry go. We dey ur back.

  5. My sister dora rember what you promised us at church. 1 that this election is not do or die afair. 2 that if INEC say you win then you win. 3 If INEC says another win then that person wins that you donot need more crises in Anambra state. 4 That some failus will like crises so that INEC will cancel or set a rerun of this election . It like you are a prophect, you said all this things that are happoning now. Then what are you doing now causing crises or peace ?. INEC Have said that ACN WIN the election. People love u but not to compare with christ. So forget it welther the results are announced in toilet or bed room INEC is INEC. come nest time politic is a game one most win. U said is a deadly game when the people involve are deadly. Go in peace 4get it. You are destined for apointments not election or politics. I so much love you. Up doc christ nwabueze. Up ACN. Up INEC. Up Anambra central.