Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ngige- "I'm not desperate to become Anambra governor"


The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC in last Saturday election in Anambra state, senator Chris Ngige Wednesday declared that he was not desperate to be governor following alleged rigging of the poll by some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Addressing reporters in Awka on the inconclusive governorship election declared by INEC, Ngige said he was not in the contest as a do or die affair but that he wanted the correct thing to be done by the electoral body.

” The election was fraught with massive electoral irregularities. The electoral officers worked in connivance with the INEC to make sure that electoral materials were delivered late at the polling units in areas of my strong hold”.

Apart from that, Ngige said the most worrisome aspect was that in some polling units in areas considered his strong hold, materials were deposited there without any INEC official to accredit registered voters for them to vote.

” The most unfortunate was that some students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, NAU were brought in as polling officers with fake NYSC uniforms against what INEC had told us that corps members would be drawn from Anambra, Enugu and Delta states”.

Insisting that the poll was flawed ab initio, Ngige said that the Resident Electoral commissioner, Professor Chukwuemeka Onukogu instead of taking the electoral materials for the election from the airport straight to the Central Bank in Awka, he took them, not accompanied by any of our agents, straight to the commission.

He said there were instances where some police officers were caught on video camera thump printing for APGA which he said showed the level of irresponsibility that attended the election.

” I am depressed and sad for my country. I am one of those in the Senate that said INEC should be given any amount of money to enable them perform effectively. We have been deceived. Our hopes have been dashed but I am not desperate to be governor. This election can not be salvaged because of the number of people that were disenfranchised, who could not choose the governor of their choice”.

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