- A party has challenged the victory of Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, at the just concluded gubernatorial election
- The African People’s Party filed a petition against the governor at the state's election tribunal
- The party alleged that there were substantial noncompliance of the electoral act during the elections
A political party has asked the Anambra state gubernatorial electoral tribunal to nullify the victory of the state governor, Willie Obiano, in the just concluded gubernatorial race.
The party, the African People’s Party (APP), in a petition filed before the tribunal said there was alleged substantial noncompliance of the electoral act during the elections.
The petition with reference number: EPT/AN/Gov/01/2017 is dated December 7.
The APP alleged that during the election, there were multiple thumb printing of ballot papers, false accreditation, manipulations and bribery of electoral officers.
The party also alleged adoption of corrupt practices and multiple voting as well as over voting.
In its suit joined with Obiano, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as first, second and third respondent respectively, the APP advised the governor not to celebrate his supposed victory.
The petition read in part: “During the election , there were cases of snatching and stuffing of ballot boxes and results by thugs/agents of the 1st and 2nd respondents and that the 3rd respondent through its agents who served as Electoral officers , supervisory officers , presiding officers and assistant presiding officers, herein referred to as election officials , connived with the 1st and second respondents through its agents, cronies and thugs to thereby admitted and recorded the illegality obtained election results from the grossly mutilated results sheets , contrary to the electoral act."
The party in a statement signed by its legal adviser, described Obiano’s government as the caretaker government.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the incumbent governor of Anambra state and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Willie Obiano, emerged winner of the November 18 governorship election in the state.
457,311 voters were accredited for the election and the total votes cast were 448,771.
Obiano polled a total number of 234,071 while the candidate of the APC, Tony Nwoye, polled 98,752. The candidate of PDP, Oseloka Obaze, polled 70,293; while the candidate of UPP, Osita Chidoka, polled 7,903 votes.
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