…Says State Chairman Never Collapsed after Losing Election
By Ikeugonna Eleke
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has picked out grey areas in Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State, insisting that the party was short changed in many areas.
The chairman of the party in the state, Mr Basil Ejidike, who addressed a press conference in Awka, Tuesday, said despite the party’s protests, there was no truth in some press statements attributed to the party and being circulated on the social media.
He said: ‘There have been too many information ascribed to us that is not true. Some people wrote whatever they liked and credited it to the party when it didn’t come from the party.
‘One of them was the one that said APC had denounced the exercise and called for cancellation, and the other was that we said we were heading to court to challenge the election.
‘There is another one that said that I collapsed after hearing the result of my ward where they claimed I lost. I want to make it clear that they were false information. None of them emanated from us.
‘The picture saying that I collapsed is false. My polling unit, 002 Bridgehead Market, Onitsha, was won by APC. I had 95 percent in the unit and even in my ward. If you look at the picture they are circulating, you will know that it has no resemblance of my person at all. Please discard the information.’
Ejidike however said that even though the statements credited to the party were false, the election of Saturday was marred by irregularities, including disenfranchisement of their supporters using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BiVAS).
‘We cannot start going to court in an election that has not been concluded. We cannot call for cancelation of an election that was still on going. Our party never made the statement, and never said those things. So we urge you to discard them.
‘What happened on election day with the BiVAS was a surprise to us. We were surprised to discover they did not function appropriately. Voters turned out but ended up not voting.
‘In my polling unit it took me 15 minutes to be cleared to cast one vote. I visited Onitsha South not less than eight times to complain about the BiVAS and I hope that INEC will improve on it.
‘In Orumba North the returning officer claimed there was no election, but the Electoral Officer claimed there was. A committee was set up, but there is no way you can cross check the result without checking the BVAS. The returning officer agreed and collated the result and you agree with me the situation is not the best.
‘They cancelled 10,000 votes for APC in Abatete and went ahead to announce the result. In Uke elections held in only six out of 17 polling units. Many other units in Idemili had no election and INEC still collated and announced results.
‘The essence of this is to draw all these grey areas to INEC, so that justice may be seen to have been done. We have not in any way called for cancellation, but adequate attention should be given to these areas to help the people exercise their franchise,’ he said.