Double Voters’ Registration: APC Tasks Police To Arrest And Prosecute Willie Obiano For Electoral Fraud
The All Progressives Congress, APC in Anambra state has called on security agencies in the country especially the Nigeria Police to immediately arrest and prosecute the governorship candidate of APGA in next month’s guber election in the state, Chief Willie Obiano for electoral faud.
The call was made Thursday in a statement by the APC. It reads “The news that the name of Chief Wilie Obiano appears twice in the voter register of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Voter Register is a sad commentary on the quality of candidature that the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has thrown into the rings in a contest involving men who should ordinarily live another board.
“ We hereby demand the apprehension of Chief Willie Obiano for this criminal offence and full-scale investigations into charges by INEC and all security agencies, with a view to applying the full weight of the Electoral Law as spelt out in Section 12, Subsection 2 and 3 of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended.
‘The cited sections read as follows: (2) No person shall register in more than one registration centre or register more than once in the same registration centre.
‘(3) Any person who contravenes the provisions of subsection (2) of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both.
‘It is extremely worrisome that at a time when we thought that standards and moral standing of men and women who offer themselves to serve in public office have risen for good, the nation is faced with an embarrassing situation where a candidate who wishes to lead a state as complex and dynamic as Anambra State has turned out to be a common criminal.
“We are convinced that if APGA, a wing of PDP, as presently constituted had broad-based structures covering at least the entire South East Nigeria, and was properly run as a political party, instead of a closet store, the latest incident would have come to light before the primaries.
“Beyond the criminal nature of this sad occurrence, it is also noteworthy that one of the six candidates who were disqualified before the stage-managed primaries in which an Obiano was handpicked by his business partner was supposedly axed for not being in possession of an INEC voter’s card.
“Once again we, demand on behalf of Anambra State voters and the nation a thorough and professional and speedy investigation to into the APGA candidate’s double registration saga.”
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