Anambra Election: INEC Ad-hoc Staff Absconds With Result Sheets

An Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad hoc staff has absconded with 41 result sheets in Oba 1, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state.

The Local Government Collation Officer, Gabriel Odoh said this on Sunday while presenting the result of the Local Government Area at the collation center in INEC Headquarters, Awka, the state capital.

“In Oba 2 one of the ad-hoc staff carted away 41 result sheets out of the 42 and that is why election did not hold,” Mr Odoh said while explaining why election did not hold in the area.

Although Mr Odoh did not give the name of the ad-hoc staff, he disclosed that the staff was the Supervising Polling officer.

He also explained that violence and ballot box snatching were recorded in Oba 1 area.

FILE PHOTO: INEC officials at a polling center during Anambra 2021 governorship elections. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun

 

Meanwhile, the number of registered voters in the local government was 112,652 and the number of accredited voters was 6,622.

All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won the local government with 2,312 votes while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had 2,016 votes. The All Progressives Congress (APC) had 1,039 while Young Progressives Party (YPP) had 752 votes.

Residents of Anambra State are still awaiting results of the governorship election held on Saturday with Charles Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and APGA candidate winning 10 out of the 11 local government areas announced so far by the collation officers.

Anambra Tribunal Declares Senator Ekwunife Winner

EkwunifeSenator Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone, has been declared winner of the March 28 Senatorial Election by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State.

Justice Naiyi Aganaba, who read the over 2-hour judgment held that the petitioners, Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and APGA failed to establish their case which they hinged on alleged mutilations and incorrect figures from which INEC declared Senator Ekwunife winner of the senatorial election.

The court also struck out the relief sought by Mr Umeh, urging the court to declare him winner on the grounds that he got the highest number of lawful votes cast.

Concluding the judgment, Justice Aganaba ruled that the petitioners failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt as to have the election nullified and insisted that it lacked merit.

Senator Uche Ekwunife, reacting to her victory, commended the judiciary for restoring hope, once again, to the common man and said that the judgment was a reflection of the wishes of the people.

Earlier, the tribunal had nullified the result of the PDP candidate for Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Federal Constituency, Prince Emeka Eze and declared the APGA candidate, Mr Dozie Nwankwo, winner of the House of Representatives election.