Revealed: Anambra gave Buhari lowest number of votes
Anambra state gave Muhammadu Buhari the lowest number of votes in the hotly contested and widely disputed presidential elections held on 23 February 2019.
According to the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission for Anambra, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar polled 524,738 or 87% of the votes.
Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), won in all the 21 council areas, while President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC emerged second with just 33, 298 or barely 5% of the votes.
Anambra had a total of 2.389, 332 million registered voters, out of which 675, 273 were accredited for the Feb. 23 Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
Otunta stated that 605, 734 were the total number of votes cast at the poll, while 19, 301 votes were rejected.
Buhari also scored less than 25% in Enugu (13%) and Rivers (23)
Atiku got low number of votes in 7 states: Yobe (9%), Bauchi (20%) Kano (21%), Katsina (20%), Borno (8%), Kebbi (20%) and Zamfara (22%).
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This comes as the vice presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Peter Obi, has claimed that there was a clear orchestrated plan to disfranchise people of the south-east region of the country in the Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to discontinue forthwith the ongoing collation of the results of Saturday’s Presidential election, saying the process was fraught with irregularities manipulations.
This is even as the party called for outright cancellation of results already collated and announced for Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, Deputy Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Tanimu Turaki, said “The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, demands, in line with the commitment to a transparent, free and fair election, an immediate halt to the on-going collation of results by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, until data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units are made available to all the parties in the election.
“The PDP predicates its demand on available evidence to the effect that data from the card readers are being reconfigured to suit the manipulations, rigging and over-voting already carried out during the election in some states by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Already, the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has communicated this position of our party to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.” According to Barrister Tanimu, the PDP has evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data “that what is being announced by INEC has been seriously tampered with and manipulated.
“In the meantime, we demand the immediate and outright cancellation of Presidential election results in Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Borno states as submitted by INEC presiding officers and ask for the conduct of fresh elections in these states.
“In Yobe, the total number of votes submitted as cast was more than the number of accredited voters. Whereas the number of accredited voters was 601, 056, the total votes cast was 775, 449.
“This is a clear case of over-voting which, by the provisions of the Electoral Act, renders the election null and void. In such instance, the law provides for another election on a day to be fixed by INEC.
“In Zamfara state, no actual voting took place and there was no single result sheet in any polling unit in the entire state. There was an arrest in Shinkafi Local Government, where an APC member was caught thump-printing ballot papers inside his house.
Furthermore Peter Obi, while speaking to journalists in his home in Onitsha, Anambra State, said it was still a worry to him that states like Anambra with 2.4m registered voters could only boast of more than 600,000 votes, despite the huge turn out on election day, while states in ‘war-torn’ north with 1.2 million voters could achieve as much as one million votes.
He said a situation where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) adopted different measures for the conduct of election for different parts of the country is not acceptable.
Obi was referring to the alleged use of manual accreditation in most northern states during the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He observed that card readers were used in conducting elections, especially in PDP strongholds even when they (card readers) did not work, while accreditation was done manually in its opponent’s areas and the results were accepted.
“I noticed on the day of the election that several card readers were not working. I also noticed that during the voting the process was clumsy because card readers were not functioning and where they worked they were slow.
“They did not work in highly concentrated areas. This is why in Anambra of the over 2.4 million registered voters only 600,000 voted.
“Yet in some parts of this country people voted without card readers, yet all votes counted.”
Obi also said that votes were inflated in some states where the All Progressives Congress won and wondered how many states in the North with low population density returned votes more than what they registered.
He lamented that ordinarily Nigeria should be building on the success achieved 2015 general elections but this has not been the case, as last Saturday’s election was nothing short of a sham.
Obi again reiterated the level of intimidation witnessed by members of his party during the run-up to the election, adding that the burning of the card readers in Anambra INEC was part of it.