Anambra 2021: 13 of 14 APC aspirants says no primary election held, seek cancellation
Call for cancellation of whatever was published
Thirteen out of the fourteen governorship aspirants in Anambra State under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have protested the “fraudulent declaration of a sham result which apparently come from unknown fraudulent source”.
Senator Andy Uba had emerged winner with 230,201 votes while his closest rival, Johnbosco Onunkwo polled a total of 28,746 votes.
The total vote cast was 348, 490.
The full results as announced by the election committee for each of the candidates are:
i. Senator Andy Uba – 230, 201
ii. Dr. Chidozie Nwankwo – 21, 281
iii. George Muoghalu – 18,596
iv. Paul Orajiaka – 4, 348
v. Geoff Onyejegbu – 3, 414
vi. Azuka Okwuosa – 17,189
vii. Nwokafor Daniel – 3,335
viii. Ikoobasi Mokelu – 3,727
ix. Igwebuike Ifeanyi – 1,466
x. Godwin Okonkwo – 5, 907
xi. Ben Etiaba – 4,244
xii. Onuwkwo Johnbosco – 28, 746
xiii. Edozie Madu – 3,636
xiv. Maxwell Okoye – 2,540
The chairman of the APC primary election panel and governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, announced the outcome of the poll at Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu Lake, early on Sunday.
The election committee adopted the open ballot mode also known as Option A4 to conduct the primary election.
However, rising from a three hour long meeting in Awka this afternoon, the aspirants led by the former National Auditor of the party and a frontline aspirant in the governorship race, Dr George Muoghalu emphasized that “there was no primary election in any art of the 326 electoral wards in the state yesterday.”
While briefing journalists, Muoghalu said that it was therefore funny that any rational person would bandy or publish or announce anything as being from the party’s primary election that was supposed to hold June 26, which up till now was yet to be conducted.
The aspirants, according to Muoghalu wish to tell the whole world, especially our great party the APC that there was no election of any kind in the whole 326 wards of Anambra state on June 26, 2021. It’s a well known fact that whatever that happened in any primary election greatly affects the main election anywhere.
“It’s very embarrassing that the Anambra state governorship primary committee specially set up by the party headquarters and headed by a sitting governor will come and announce a fake result of an election that did not hold.
Speaking n the same manner, the APC Elders For n the state, led by Chief Innocent Obi disclosed that general reports from all over the state indicated that there was neither any election materials nor any official that came to any of the designated locations for the primary election.
In a two-page press statement issued and signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Forum, Chief Joe Offorkansi tiled “Re-Towards a credible APC Primary Election in Anambra state”, noted that sequel to a press conference by APC Elders Forum on June 23,2021 wish to express great concern that reports all over the media and complaints by virtually all the governorship aspirants over the June 26,2921 primary election which didn’t hold anywhere.
The picture of the general complain depicts the existence of undemocratic practices in the said primary election, as numerous reports indicated that election was not held in any of the 326 Wards in the state.
The charade could least be described by anyone as fair, credible or acceptable by any of the thousands of our party members who trooped our to cast their votes for any of the 14 aspirants.
This therefore painted any reported outcome of the primary election as dubious. Because in actual fact there was no primary election.
We the members of the APC Elders Forum in the state call on the National and state executives to urgently review the primary election and create a medium for appropriate measures to be taken in ensuring that all aspirants re-align their commitment to the party for unity of purpose.
The Forum cautioned that “except urgent steps are taken for understanding and cooperation, the party may experience very unpleasant situation too difficult to ameliorate”.
Other key members of the party, including LGA chairmen and Legislators who addressed journalists, led by Chief Bona Oraekwe, a former member of the state Assembly saw the primary election fraud as “an attempt to destabilize the party to lose the Nov 6,2021 governorship election in the state.”
The group said that “till 6pm on June 26,2021, no official or materials had come even till date.”
The aspirants who addressed journalists included all, except Sen Andy Uba.
Earlier the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige had expressed great displeasure on the outcome, insisting the primary election shall be conducted on a later date.
From Chuks Collins, Awka