BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA - THERE is a stalemate in Anambra Central senatorial zone election as the candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Dr. Chris Ngige, insisted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should not announce the result of the zone, following alleged discrepancies.
However, the PDP was declared winner in Anambra South and Anambra North senatorial zones, even as no candidate was named as the actual winner.
Though the result of Anambra Central was not declared at press time, the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Professor Dora Akunyili, was believed to have won, which made Ngige to submit a written petition to the returning officer for the zone, Mr. Alex Anene.
Essentially, Ngige complained that there were alleged irregularities in Anaocha local government area, the local government of Akunyili and Governor Peter Obi, where the APGA candidate polled over 22,000 votes.
According to Ngige, the INEC officials manipulated the election in favour of the APGA candidate in the area and will not accept the result.
He told the returning officer: “Don’t touch that result because it does not conform with the election guidelines. They should come and defeat me in the day and not at night. I will accept the outcome of the election if I lose genuinely and not when I am short changed.”
Ngige also urged INEC to return the result of election in Umunachi ward which was allegedly canceled by INEC over electoral fraud by a House of Representatives' candidate of one of the political parties in the area, adding that he should not be punished for an offence he did not commit.
Before the arrival of Ngige at the collation center at 11 am yesterday, his opponent, Professor Akunyili, had earlier arrived for her declaration as winner of the election but stayed in her car while Ngige presented his petition and later addressed a news conference.
Akunyili, however, drove out at about 2.30 pm, while Ngige stayed on with his agents at the collation center and they were still there at the time of filing this report.
For the other two senatorial zones, the PDP which paraded two candidates for each of the seats was declared winner.
In Anambra South, the returning officer, Professor Nick Okoye said PDP polled 53,315 votes, while Chief Chuma Nzeribe of APGA polled 43,789 votes. ACN candidate, Chief Chris Atuegwu polled 11, 559 votes.
In Anambra North, PDP was also declared winner and the party would determine who has its ticket as three persons are laying claim to it.