The Senator Andy Uba Campaign Organization, SAUCO, has rejected the result of the just-concluded Anambra State governorship election as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Uba’s rejection comes at a time when the major candidates of the other political parties have congratulated the winner of that election, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. Uba contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, reports Jude Atupulazi.
The Campaign Organisation described the outcome of the election as a charade, stating that it did not reflect the wishes of the people of Anambra State.
In a statement signed Thursday in Abuja on behalf of the Campaign Organisation, Ambassador Jerry Ugokwe alleged that the candidate of the APC, Senator Andy Uba, was a victim of widespread electoral fraud and manipulation by INEC whom he accused of working with the Willie Obiano Government and the security forces deployed to oversee the Anambra State governorship election.
His words, ‘The election was characterized by widespread irregularities, intimidation and voter suppression, in order to clear the path for the inglorious victory of APGA in the polls.
‘For instance, in polling units where the Biometric Voters’ Accreditation System malfunctioned, INEC went ahead to conduct the election manually. There were numerous cases where votes announced by INEC exceeded the number of accredited voters in polling units.
‘Another clear manifestation of collusion between the Obiano Administration and INEC was the publishing of results on the Social Media handles of APGA, even before official announcement by INEC. Yet mysteriously, the votes announced in advance by APGA always corresponded correctly with the official figures released by INEC.
‘It is inconceivable that our candidate, who polled over 200,000 votes in the APC primary election would be allocated a slightly above 43,000 votes by INEC.
‘It is surprising that APGA that lost almost 80% of its stalwarts through defection to the APC before the election came out victorious. A sitting APGA Deputy Governor, seven members of the House of Representatives, 10 members of the Anambra State House of Assembly, the APGA party’s member of Board of Trustees, many serving SA’s, SSA’s, in addition to a serving PDP Senator, all defected to the APC very timely before the election, yet APGA emerged victorious. This is quite ridiculous!’
The statement claimed that the only people remaining in APGA at the time of the election were Governor Obiano and his household and a few staff of the Government House, as well as Prof. Soludo and his household, while the majority of the electorates in the state had moved to the APC.
‘There was definitely no way the carcass of APGA could have defeated the APC without the active collusion and manipulation by INEC and the Obiano Administration.
‘What happened on November 6, 2021, fell far below the acceptable standard of a free and fair election and can best be described as an electoral fraud perpetrated by the INEC, Willie Obiano Administration and the security forces.
‘We have noted that starting from the appointment of INEC Adhoc staff, who mostly came from Calabar, to the distribution of electoral materials and the retention of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, who supervised the second term election of Governor Obiano, it was crystal clear that the game plan was to overturn the popular wishes of the people of Anambra State in the biggest electoral heist of all time in Nigeria’s political history,’ the statement further claimed.
The campaign group appealed to the APC supporters to remain peaceful and calm, assuring them that they would not relent in pursuing ‘our stolen electoral mandate to the limit of the law through all the constitutional means available as the facts on ground did not in any way reflect the outcome of the elections as announced by the obviously compromised INEC.’
It will be recalled that President Muhammed Buhari, leader of the APC government, has since joined others to congratulate Prof Soludo.