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Come out and vote, INEC, IGP, Ozigbo urge voters

By Osiberoha Osibe, Awka
04 November 2021   |   2:50 am
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, have called on the 2,525,471 eligible voters in Anambra State to come out on Saturday and exercise their franchise.

They made the call, yesterday when the INEC boss met with political parties at the Election Stakeholders’ Meeting in Awka.

Aside from Ozigbo, other candidates that attended the meeting meant for 18 political parties were Senator Andy Uba of All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Dr. Obiora Okonkwo of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

Yakubu pointed out that additional 1,112 Polling Units (PUs) were established in the state to bring the number to 5,720.

The INEC boss revealed that the commission would not deploy staff and materials to 86 of the 5,720 PUs in the state because they lacked voters.

He assured of the commission’s preparedness to provide a level-playing ground for all political parties, in addition to conducting free and fair election.

On his part, the IGP said the police would do everything humanly possible to ensure that the election was conducted freely and fairly, and voters protected to exercise their franchise.

The police and other security operatives, he added, were in synergy to ensure adequate security before, during and after the election.

Contributing on the sidelines, after the meeting, the PDP candidate urged voters to troop out en masse to vote, and not allow the threat of violence to deny them the opportunity of voting the candidate of their choice.

Ozigbo dismissed the rumour that the election had been programmed for rigging, clarifying: “With the introduction of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), as well as the electronic transmission of results by INEC, rigging will not be possible.”

In his remarks, the state chairman of APC, Basil Ejidike, refuted insinuations that the party had designed multiple channels to rig the election with the aid of security agencies and INEC.

Ejidike said that hope of APC winning the election stemmed from the fact that “our people are more aware now than was the case four years ago, because of discovery of the need to join the mainstream party.”

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