Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Anambra Election: APC rejects INEC’s proposed supplementary poll
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected the latest plan by INEC, to conduct a supplementary election, after it declared last Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state as inconclusive. The party stated that they would also accept a complete annulment of the polls, in a statement that was issued by its Interim National Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Monday. APC also asked the electoral body to explain how the election was sabotaged, while accusing it of not taking Anambarians’ opinions seriously. “First, the electoral commission proposed make-up election in only 65 polling units in Obosi before scaling things up to a supplementary election ‘in those areas where election was cancelled’. But we say, without equivocating, that a total cancellation of the election and the organization of a fresh poll, under the supervision of a credible Resident Electoral Commissioner, will be
acceptable to our party,” the statement said. “It is not enough for INEC’s Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to tell the nation that an INEC official sabotaged the election in a certain part of the state, he must tell the nation who this fellow is, who he/she is working for, what is the extent of the damage he/she has done to this and previous elections, and whether or not he/she has access to the commission’s database of voters’ register, which was apparently tampered with for Saturday’s election. “Prof. Jega must also tell Nigerians why 16 Electoral Commissioners, who migrated to Anambra days before the election ostensibly to supervise things, could not ensure the success of an election in a single state, when even a polling unit behind the INEC office in Awka did not get voting materials till after 9 am on election day.” APC also accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as being an accessory to all the brouhaha that happened in the Eastern state, after the ruling party said the election was free and fair.