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Anambra: INEC Declares APGA Candidate, Obiano, Winner

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Anambra: INEC Declares APGA Candidate, Obiano, Winner

NEWISSUES, Abuja

INEC declares APGA Candidate winner after Supplementary election. Willie Obaino is the new govenor of Anambra State. Prof James Epoke, INEC’s Returning Officer, said Obiano satisfied all the requirements of the law “and is hereby declared winner. ”

 

The result showed APGA polled 180,178 votes, PDP polled 97,700 votes; APC got 95,963 votes, and LP had 37495 votes.

 

Despite call to boycott the election, PDP, APC and LP agents took part in the Supplementary election. Vanguard reported that, “Though the All Progressive Congress, APC, the Labour Party, LP, and the campaign organization of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Comrade Tony Nwoye, said they would not participate in the exercise, their agents were seen in many polling units. However, while APGA and PDP agents wore tags, those who claimed to be APC agents did not wear their tags. At Abatete in Idemili north, agents of the PDP and LP were at the polling units.”

 

APGA were already leading prior to the Supplementary election with a wide margin. Analysts are saying voter’s apathy in the Supplementary election may have also helped APGA, however, some opined that APGA would have won anyway.

 

The Vanguard newspaper also reported that, “Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, Prince Ken Emeakayi, has accused the APC of causing mischief and deceiving Nigerians.

Emeakayi spoke with journalists at Akpkogwe polling booth Ogidi ward 1 where he had gone to observe the supplementary election.

He said that despite APC’s call on voters to boycott the election, the party has agents in all the polling units.

INEC ignores Ubah’s case

Meanwhile, the supplementary poll held, yesterday, in apparent disregard of a case by the LP candidate in the November 16 election, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, seeking to stop it.

A letter by Ubah’s lawyers, Olagoke Fakunle, SAN, and Co, to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, dated  November 29, 2013, notified  INEC about the case.

“You would have noticed that amongst the processes is a Motion on Notice for interlocutory in juntion restraining you from conducting any further election in Anambra State, with regard to the office of the Governor of the State, until the court has had an opportunity to review the legality of your pre-election processes towards that election”, the letter said.

“It was for the reason of the urgency and importance of  this action that the Federal High Court, on 28th November 2013, made an order to abridge the time within which you and other Defendants may file your responses to both the application for injunction and the originating summons. The court also granted accelerated hearing of the matter by adjourning the hearing to 9th December, 2013.

“We therefore hereby demand that you postpone the proposed supplementary election for the Governor of Anambra state to avoid a situation whereby you would have foisted a fait accompli on the court and the court in response will therefore be constrained to void everything you have done including the outcome of the proposed supplementary election, with attendant waste of national resources.

“The appropriate thing for you to do at this stage, therefore, is to enter appearance and file your responses to the processes you have been served with and await the court’s determination of the illegality or otherwise of the pre-election process leading to your decision to hold a supplementary election for the Governor of Anambra State, before you continue with any further plans for the conduct of any election of the Governor of Anambra State.””

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