The D- day of the much- awaited and intrigue- filled Anambra gubernatorial election has arrived.
With the events that had happened in the state, uncertainties remain in the hearts of Anambrarians.
Even though the leadership of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, had cancelled the initial sit- at- home order which was meant to last between the 5th to 10th of November, the state still remains in uncertainty as voters turnout is low.
INEC had announced its preparedness to conduct the Anambra gubernatorial election. Despite the calls for a free and fair election, allegations have continued to emerge over plans of the federal powers to rig the election in favour of their party’ s(APC) candidate, Andy Uba.
APC Has Written Results Of 10 LGAs- Obiano Alleges
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has raised the alarm over the alleged plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to declare written results of the governorship election in 10 local government areas.
He made the allegation on Friday evening, November 5, through the commissioner for information and public enlightenment, C Don Adinuba, The Nation reported.
Below are the LGAs where the governor claimed the APC has allegedly written results for:
Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Aguata, Orumba South, Orumba North, Idemili North, Idemili South, Ogbaru, Anambra East, and Anambra West.
The statement noted that the listed LGAs are those with high numbers of registered voters.
It reads in part:
” APC operatives are relying on compromised Independent National Electronic Commission (INEC) officials, who smuggled out the result sheets of several polling units two nights ago and the result sheets of some LGAs last night, to accept and announce the results, regardless of authentic results submitted by INEC officials electronically.
” They plan to capitalise on the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has yet to assent to the new Electoral Bill which makes electronic voting mandatory to perpetrate the fraud. ”
The governor said the statement was to alert INEC, the security agencies, journalists, election observers, civil society organizations and the international community of the alleged grand plot.
However, the APC has dismissed the governor’ s claim as the alarm of a sinking boat.
The director of media and publicity of Senator Andy Uba campaign organization, Hon Victor Ogene, said the allegation from APGA had exposed their plans in the election.
He said because they were afraid of their shadows, they had resorted to raising false alarms to deceive the public, adding that the prayer of APC had started manifesting.
” They know they have failed and disappointed Ndi Anambra and they have equally seen the handwriting on the wall. They should come out openly and apologize to the people for their failure in 16 years in Anambra. ”
Meanwhile, social media reactions have trooped reacting to the recent allegations levelled against the APC by Governor Willie Obiano over the already computed results of 10 local government areas in Anambra State.
Facebook user Chibuzo Ownuasoanya had this to say about the allegation;
” What a governor😓”
James Chibueze reacted to the statement this way,
” Wike is still the Only nightmare governor to APC. . , wish obiano can man up like him.
God help Anambra. . ”
Also, Amos Babatunde Awoyemi said that;
” Fayose cried wolf’ s more than this during his time in Ekiti. He was even more comical than what Obiano is doing today. ”
Ann Odor also said that; ” Wicked apc, why then are you people asking people to come and vote as if your success depends on voters. ”
God Showed Me Advanced Rigging, Ruling Party To Frame Up Candidates- Primate Ayodele
Meanwhile, in a Daily Post report of July 27, The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has released a fresh set of prophecies on the upcoming governorship election in Anambra State.
Primate Ayodele said God showed him that there would be advanced rigging during the election, adding that the outcome would determine so many things ahead of 2023.
He said the ruling party wants to go all out to rig the election in favour of its candidate.
In a statement by his Media Officer, Primate Ayodele noted that the candidates of other parties will be accused of criminal offences by the ruling party and that it will lead to a crisis in the state.
He said: ‘ ‘ I’ m sad at what the Lord has shown me, all the candidates that want to contest will be accused by the ruling party, from the most popular to the least popular. They want to set them up and indict them of criminal offences just to ensure their candidate succeeds, no candidate is exempted. Anambra election will determine so many things, I see the advanced form of rigging by the ruling party
” There have been riggings in Nigeria elections, but this will be an advanced form of rigging. It will be a very serious thing that will lead to an uprising by the people of Anambra. Let them be careful, I see three powerful people planning this rigging because if it’ s about the free and fair election, the ruling party will not win. ‘ ‘
Primate Ayodele advised other political parties and candidates to work against rigging before talking about winning the election.
‘ ‘ The ruling party wants to rig Anambra election, all candidates must rise to this, they can’ t win but they are determined to rig. Only rigging can make the ruling party win the election.
‘ ‘ This is not an opinion but what God showed me, the ruling party is fighting those that will win this election, let them wake up, do the needful and guide against it. God has shown me who the winner is but if all the candidates don’ t rise now, the ruling party wants to use federal might to win this election. ‘ ‘
Count Us Out Of Any Rigging Plot– APC
Meanwhile, in another Daily Post report of October 26, the All Progressives Congress, APC, says it will not be a party to any rigging plot.
There have been claims that the APC was planning to use the instrumentality of the Federal Government to take over the State.
But one of the media coordinators of the APC in Anambra State, Mr Igboeli Arinze, who is also the Zonal Publicity Secretary, APC, representing Anambra Central, said the party was not plotting any form of rigging.
He said the people of the State were desirous of change and were ready to cast their ballot for the APC.
Igboeli said the APC candidate, Senator Andy Uba, had commenced a campaign in the local governments that make up the Central Senatorial District.
” Giving Uba’ s structure and experience in electioneering, he would defeat all the other candidates; they know that for sure, ” he said.
Igboeli said the allegations seeking to link the APC with attempts to rig the forthcoming elections were devices by those not ready for the election.
” Such allegations were the last kicks of a dying horse, arising from the knowledge that Senator Uba and the APC were coasting to victory. Such a cry is the last act to whittle down the victory but such a stratagem has failed.
” As at today, opinion polls all over the state and even outsideSenator Uba topping the other candidates; he has for himself several plusses and advantages going for him at the grassroots and even with the elites.
” The people of Anambra also understand that there are great stakes in the balance, thus they seek change as the incumbent did not farewell.
” Senator Andy Uba is that man who will end the ugly cycle of bad leadership and usher Anambra unto progress and he does not need rigging to do that, ” he noted.