…Seeks INEC’s intervention to avert breakdown of law and order
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State insists it won the March 28, 2015 National Assembly Elections in the State, contrary to the rumors indicating otherwise, while wooing voters to continue to support APGA candidates in the forthcoming House of Assembly scheduled for April 11, this year
Addressing newsmen in response to the outcome of the National Assembly Elections at Havila Suites, Awka, Monday March 31, 2012 the Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Chief Tony Onyima said that “That the results from the various polling booths across Anambra State clearly indicate that APGA won the last National Assembly Elections in Anambra State with a wide margin.
Chief Onyima noted that, following the massive goodwill built in one year of incomparable good governance by Governor Willie Obiano and following our intensive campaign efforts, Ndi Anambra responded in a remarkable way by turning out in large numbers at the polling stations where they voted massively for the APGA.
He regretted that “the will of Ndi Anambra expressed in the final outcome of the voting exercise was brazenly violated and voting results manipulated at the collation stages of the electoral process by anti-democratic forces, most disturbingly by elements of Igbo extraction in the PDP who felt encouraged by their so-called links to Abuja.”
According to him, the disturbing scenario of the abusive act of thuggery perpetrated in the current election “re-awakened in the consciousness of Ndi Anambra, a sad feeling of the return of impunity for which Anambra earned bad name in Nigeria years ago. Beyond the election, the act of brigandage throws up a worrisome concern for governance, that the forces that had insidiously given refuge to all kinds of perverse conducts in Anambra State, namely armed robbery, kidnapping and excesses in high places, are rearing their ugly heads again.”
Assessing the conduct of the last election, Onyima observed that the late arrival of INEC officials at the various polling stations on the polling day significantly affected the level of participation of the electorate in the voting exercise.
The Commissioner explained that the failure of the card-reader device in most parts of the state created serious and avoidable delay in the voting process which drastically affected the overall outcome of the exercise, resulting in voting going on in some major areas till late into the night, creating room for the manipulation of the voting process and leading to undesirable electoral results.
He disclosed that “anti-democracy elements, who are also notable figures of the PDP, were directly involved in manipulating the electoral process in key areas of the state, kidnapping INEC officials, hijacking the results from polling stations and re-writing the actual figures in favour of PDP candidates.”