Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has dismissed reports of him accusing the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) of rigging the inconclusive governorship election in Anambra State.
According to Daily Post, reports had it that Governor Umahi, who allegedly rejected the already announced results of the Anambra State governorship election, stated that the poll was tainted with irregularities.
Umahi was alleged to have accused his Anambra State counterpart, Willie Obiano, and APGA’s candidate, Professor Charles Soludo of rigging the poll.
However, Umahi distanced himself from issuing any comment regarding the ongoing election.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Nwaze Francis, Governor Umahi denied claims of him saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) won’t accept the outcome of the election.
According to Governor Umahi: “Our attention has been drawn to an infantile Facebook post on the timeline of one Chijinkem, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr David Umahi, declared that the last Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Anambra was fret with irregularities.
“The poster equally implied that the Governor rejects the outcome on behalf of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and people of Anambra State and threatened to seek redress.
“First, His Excellency, Governor David Umahi, at no point, made such remarks about the Anambra State Gubernatorial election.
“It is, however, uncomplimentary to imagine His Excellency speaking on behalf of the Standard-bearer of the APC and a Party that has a full-fledged structure, moreover, in an election that its outcome has not been concluded by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We also like to use this medium to remind the poster and other Social Media purveyors of fake news that the State Law on fake news is very much in place to deal with potential recalcitrants.”
Governor Umahi urged Nigerians to disregard the report because he never made such a comment.
Ohanaeze Hails S/East Governors Intervention In Nnamdi Kanu’s Case
The youth wing of apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has commended the State Governors of the South-East region over their intervention in Nnamdi Kanu’s case.
Daily Post had reported that the Governors, after their last meeting, disclosed that they had commenced a political solution towards securing Kanu’s freedom.
The embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), a situation that has continued to increase tension in the South-East region.
In a statement made available to the news outlet on Monday by the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, he hailed the Governors for initiating the process towards Kanu’s release from the custody of the DSS.
Okwu stated that the development was a response to the group’s earlier outcry that only a political intervention would guarantee the agitator’s freedom.
“We have said it repeatedly that issues like this can never be resolved by throwing tantrums around or causing a situation of anarchy.
“This is not the first time Ndigbo are passing this route and it was only through a political solution that the matter was resolved. We know that this one will not be an exception.
“The National Assembly caucus has also before now started the same process and now that governors have joined them, we are upbeat that the process would be fastened and Kanu released as quickly as possible.
“We thank the governors in a very special way, as well as the religious and traditional leaders in Igboland for the role they are playing. In a similar manner, we also appreciate the members of the Ohanaeze Youths in the UK and Asia, and other diaspora communities for toeing the path of peace.
“At this point, the governors and the NASS members should meet Buhari and make the singular demand for the unconditional release of Kanu and other prisoners of conscience across the detention facilities in Igbo land,” he said.
He, however, appealed for de-escalation of tension in the South-East to allow the political leaders to focus on the work before them.
“The youths should cease all forms of hostilities going forward; we should allow our leaders the air of freedom to carry out this assignment. We have absolute faith in the ongoing political process. All those who demand to know the details of the process should hold their peace,” he added.
INEC Blames IPOB For Poor Voters Turnout In Anambra Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has blamed the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) for the low turnout of voters in the November 6 Anambra governorship election declared inconclusive.
Sam Egwu, INEC’s supervising resident electoral commissioner to Anambra, told Channels TV Sunday evening, “There is a whole state of fear that has been created by the politics of agitation for a separate state in this part of the country.”
“IPOB has been able to enforce the sit-at-home order over time. So the fear of IPOB has become the beginning of wisdom.”
Speaking on the impact IPOB had on the voters’ turnout, he said, “We have had a problem with extremely low voter turnout. The voter turnout, I think, if you are scientific in terms of what we are seeing in many local governments, you are actually dealing with less than 25 per cent voter turnout, and this is not really good for our democracy.”
Egwu was the supervising resident electoral commissioner for Onitsha North, Onitsha South, and Ogbaru local government areas.
In the early hours of Monday, INEC suspended the Anambra governorship election results until after the election was conducted in Ihiala Local Government Area on November 9.
Returning Officer, Professor Florence Obi stated that the election did not hold in Ihiala LGA and would be difficult to announce the winner due to insufficient margin of victory for the leading candidate, Professor Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Soludo’s APGA has maintained a comfortable lead over his main challengers in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), but Ihiala has more registered voters than the margin between APGA and its runner-up PDP.
Elections were held in 20 of Anambra state’s 21 local government areas on Saturday. Technical glitches, logistics, and security challenges did not allow residents of the local government to exercise their franchise, officials said.
We Won’t Vote For Any Presidential Candidate Above 59 Years – Arewa Youths
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has reiterated that no individual vying for the position of presidency in the 2023 election, and is above the age of 50 will get a vote from them.
According to Naija News, the socio-cultural group in the Northern region disclosed this in a statement by its president, Yerima Shettima.
Shettima, who spoke with journalists on Saturday, November 6, stated that Nigerians, the youths particularly, are tired of the same old people switching political parties to govern Nigeria without making positive impacts.
He further explained that there is an ongoing sensitization of the young generation to decline to campaign for any candidate above the age of 60. Yerima revealed that the youths are ready to take over the leadership of the country.
The AYCF president said he is in support of former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida’s (rtd) statement that Nigerians should look for a younger person as their president in 2023
He said: “We have made our position very clear that we will not pitch our tent with any old generation. This is not because it is not their right to contest, but you can rest assured that we will only campaign for young generations.