The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for fresh elections in four local government areas of Anambra State, where either election did not hold or massive cases of malpractices were recorded in Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
APC, which made its position known in a statement yesterday in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also rejected the Independent National Electoral Commission’s decision to reschedule elections in only 65 polling units on Sunday, saying that will not address the massive disenfranchisement of its supporters.
It listed the affected four local government areas as Idemili North, Idemili South, Awka South and Ihiala.
“Idemili North, which has the highest number of registered voters at 173,832, voting materials did not arrive as at 2pm, when voters ought to have cast their votes; In Idemili South, with registered 85,731 voters, several qualified voters were disenfranchised as their names did not appear on the voters’ register; In Awka South, with 118,312 registered voters, the names of APC supporters were expunged from the voters’ register and in Ihiala, massive fraudulent practices were recorded at Uli Ward 1 polling unit and Umuchima polling unit 14.
“Aside from Ihiala Local Government Area, the three local councils above comprise 377, 875 of the total 1, 784, 536 registered voters,” APC said, adding that the affected areas were home to its support base.
The party insisted that nothing short of fresh elections in the three LGs and the cancellation of the results in the listed polling units in Ihiala would be acceptable to it
Further, the party strongly advised INEC not to declare any results relating to the Governorship Election until repeat elections are held in those areas where these irregularities occurred, more so as most of the party’s supporters have been disenfranchised in these areas.