The flaws associated with the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State was re-echoed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) which said there is enough weighty, compelling and substantial evidence for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to cancel the results of the election, rather than order the conduct of ‘supplementary election’.
“Our party has provided incontrovertible and more than substantial evidence to show that what took place on Nov. 16th is a parody of election”, the party said in a statement in Lagos, Sunday, by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
“What other evidence can be more substantial than the fact that INEC, in conducting the Nov. 16th election, failed to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act? What other evidence can be more compelling than the INEC Chairman’s admission of compromise by a top official of the commission? If Jega’s statement that the election fell short of what the commission had expected and prepared for, what else could be more substantial?” it queried.
APC said that, for the umpteenth time and so that Nigerians can understand the absurdity of Jega’s contradictory stance on the ill-fated election, the party has decided to list its reasons for demanding the outright cancellation of the caricature election.
– Prof Jega’s unforced admission that a senior official of the Commission has been financially induced to compromise the election in the Idemili North Local Government Area which has over 173,000 registered voters. This is very serious because this Local Government is the stronghold of the APC candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, and the fact that in the 2011 Senatorial Election Senator, Ngige scored over 80% of all votes cast in the Local Government.
– The decision to use the students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, in direct violation of INEC guidelines, as Presiding Officers for the election instead of the trained ad hoc staff; and the use of the Staff of the university as Supervising Presiding Officers even though the running mate of the APGA candidate was until his nomination a professor in the same institution.
– The fact that electoral materials meant for the known strongholds of the APC candidate were deliberately sent to wrong wards or polling units, thereby creating confusion and frustration. By the time the materials were re-directed to the correct areas (if at all), many voters had left in frustration.
– Voters’ registers, especially in known APC strongholds, were tampered with to remove the names of many registered voters, thereby disenfranchising them
– Result sheets were not supplied in many polling booths, especially in known strongholds of the APC
– Collation of results was not done at polling booth units or wards.
– Only 4,604 agent tags were given to the APC despite the fact that the party sent to INEC the names and pictures of over 6,500 agents, after INEC created an additional 1,903 voting points. The 4,604 agent tags were delivered to APC only at 3pm on Friday the 15th of November 2013, in contrast to APGA that received over 6,500 agent tags from INEC at least 3 days before election.