On Friday, The All Progressives Congress (APC) rejected the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of its decision to hold a supplementary election in Anambra State next weekend (November 30).
“We will not be a party to what is obviously a travesty of election by a self-discredited and conniving electoral umpire,” Nigeria’s leading opposition party said in a statement issued in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The party expressed shock and disbelief that INEC could even consider such an action despite evidences presented by the party as well as election monitors/observers which revealed there were no elections on November 16 in Anambra.
“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 statement further read.
The INEC Chairman had admitted after the November 16 election that a senior official of the commission compromised the election in one local government in the state.
“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 revealed.
The party says they have lost faith in INEC as regards organising a free, fair and credible election anywhere in the country.
In conclusion, the statement urged Nigerians to make their votes count, “Nigerians must now take their fate in their own hands to ensure that the principle of one man, one vote is sacrosanct,”