Friday, November 22, 2013
APC rejects supplementary election in Anambra
by INEC to hold supplementary election in Anambra State on Nov. 30th.
"We will not be a party to what is obviously a travesty of election by
a self-discredited and conniving electoral umpire," the party said in
a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its Interim National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
It expressed absolute shock and incredulity that INEC could even talk
of organizing a supplementary election, despite the weight of credible
evidence presented by the party as well as election monitors/observers
that what transpired on Nov. 16th was nothing but a sham.
"This announcement has confirmed our worst fears that INEC is working
in cahoots with the PDP and the presidency to ensure that no election
ever counts in Nigeria.
"The INEC Chairman himself was the first to admit that a senior
official of the commission compromised the election in one local
government in Anambra.
"We on our own part were able to establish that materials meant for
several LGs that were the strongholds of our candidate were diverted;
that out of the about 1.7 million registered voters in Anambra, only a
little over 400,000 were accredited to vote; and that the voters'
register was apparently tampered with to remove many names and
disenfranchise thousands of voters.
"Yet, the same electoral body that admitted that the election was
compromised has turned around to validate it by its decision to
organize supplementary election instead of cancelling the parody of
election and holding a fresh one. This is a sad day indeed," APC said.
The party said it is now obvious that Nigerians cannot count on INEC
to organize a free, fair and credible election anywhere in the
country, hence Nigerians must now take their fate in their own hands
to ensure that the principle of one man, one vote is sacrosanct.