INEC Dismisses Reports Of Disqualification Of APGA Candidate in Anambra Guber Election As Untrue
The rumours making the rounds that Dr Willie Obiano, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship flagbearer for the Nov 16 gubernatorial election in Anambra state has been disqualified from contesting the polls have been dismissed as untrue by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
One Nnamdi Umeasiegbu of Human Rights and Electoral Watch, Awka, claimed that Obiano procured INEC voter’s card in Lagos sometime ago and also went ahead to procure another voter’s card at his home town Aguleri to enable him vote in Anambra State, thereby registering twice with the INEC.
Umeasiegbu’s report which was published on Abusidiqu.com also stated that the normal Standard Operating Procedure would have been that an indigene of Anambra State that registered outside the state to transfer his/her INEC voter’s registration to Anambra State through INEC to enable such a person to vote. But Willie Obiano opted out to secretly register twice instead of transferring his voter’s card to the state and thereby stands Disqualified by virtue of Multiple Registration.
But reacting sharply over the story, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof Chukwuemeka Onukogu washed his hands from “the rumour”, stressing that the matter was not only beyond him, but was not known to him at all.
He saw the issue as an unnecessary distraction from the mounting pressure of planning a hitch-free, transparent and credible governorship poll for the state come Nov 16.
Onukogu actually admitted having received a number of calls from other stakeholders who were seeking clarifications on the matter.
He urged people to thoroughly verify their information before making them open.
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