Umeh calls for cancellation of elections in Abia
Chief Victor Umeh, the National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has called for the cancellation of the Abia governorship and the state House of Assembly elections over alleged irregularities.
Speaking with newsmen at Aguluzigbo in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra after casting his vote on Saturday, Umeh described the entire exercise in Abia as a “sham”.
“From the reports so far gathered, there were no materials on ground and collation officers with result sheets could not be found.
“There are also reports of fake security personnel moving about in the state intimidating people.”
Umeh, who is also the Anambra Central Senatorial candidate of APGA, called for the arrest of some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the alleged irregularities in Abia.
He, however, commended the peaceful conduct of the election in Anambra but noted that the exercise in the state witnessed voter apathy.
Umeh attributed the poor turnout to voters’ discontent with the outcome of March 28 presidential national assembly elections.
“The fraudulent result announced on March 28 elections affected the morale of the people and resulted to voter apathy in today’s election,” Umeh said.
The party boss further observed that the card readers again failed in some areas of the state and urged INEC to reschedule the polls in the affected areas including Nri, Agulu and Ichida.
In a related development, a former governor of the state, Mr Peter Obi, said the card reader deployed for use in many polling units failed.
He urged INEC to do the needful to ensure that his people take part in the exercise.