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APC Calls For Cancellation of Enugu LGA Polls

From Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – As criticism continues to trail the November 4, 2017 Local government area election in Enugu state, the All progressive Congress APC in the state, has rejected results of the polls in its entirety.

The party in a petition letter addressed to the chairman of Enugu state Independent Electoral commission ENSIC, Dr. Mike Ajogwu, accused the electoral body of bias.

It said: “please take note that the All progressives Congress APC, by this letter do hereby reject in its entirety the purported results of the Enugu state local government elections purportedly held on November 4, 2017.

Entitled, “notice of rejection of the results of Enugu state local government election” the APC, said its resolve to reject the results was based on the fact that “the ENSIEC chairman, Dr. Ajogwu, acting directly and through his agents and employees wilfully and wantonly refused to allow APC agents to observe the distribution of sensitive electoral materials before and during the election.

The letter signed by state chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye, and made available to African Examiner in Enugu Tuesday, stated thus: “this wilful and act was perpetrated in order to give the peoples Democratic (PDP), undue advantage during the election proper.

It added that the decision was taken because “the ENSIEC chairman, acting directly and through his agents and employees gave the results sheets to agents, members and candidates of PDP. Shortly thereafter, PDP, agents filled in the results sheets, and allocate winning numbers to their candidate.

The APC equally accused Ajogwu, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), of failing to provide results sheets at the polling units and collation centres, alleging that the commission also failed to make appropriate security arrangements to prevent electoral violence which marred the election

As a result of that, “great number of APC supporters, candidates, and leaders suffered severe bodily harm” adding that the polls which was characterised by violence, that resulted to heavy gunshots left many people suffered gunshot wounds, stab wounds, kidnapping, torture, molestation and false imprisonment

“For the foregoing reasons and others not mentioned herein, All progressives congress demands immediate cancellation of the purported local government election held on November 4, 2017.

 

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