Ngige Distances Self From INEC Rerun In Anambra
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has distanced himself from the Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election, describing it as Kangaroo and a charade.
Recall that INEC had declared Chief Victor Umeh of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as winner of the election, and announced the All Progressives Congress (APC), with Sen. Chris Ngige as candidate, was second with 975 votes.
However in a statement made available to pressmen Ngige, who contested the senatorial seat in the 2015 general elections asked his supporters to shun the poll, stressing that he was not in the race.
The minister who said he had in 2016 written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he was no longer interested in the race, threatened to drag the electoral umpire to court should the commission publish his name as a candidate on the ballot paper for the poll.
His statement read in part,” the attention of the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment that INEC has listed his name in the rerun election being conducted by the INEC on January 13, 2018.
“For the information of the general public and voters and my numerous supporters in Anambra-central Senatorial District I’m not participating in the said election which can be described as a charade.
“I had since by a letter dated 11th January 2016 withdrawn from this rerun when it was earlier scheduled for March 2016, in accordance with the provisions of sections 33 &35 of the Electoral Act 2010 for personal and family reasons.
“My party APC promptly wrote the commission of its intention to organise a primary election for my substitution.
“A primary monitored by INEC was organised at Awka and the name of a new candidate that emerged was promptly submitted only for INEC to reject the new candidate on 29 January.
“My party the APC and INEC is in the Court of Appeal, Abuja, over this obnoxious and illegal action of INEC, with hearing on the matter fixed for 23rd of January which is still within the armbit of 90days ordered by court only for them to fix an ‘election’ for 13th in order to give an unfair advantage to the APGA candidate to go ‘unopposed’.
“I have met with INEC on this issue and I’m using this forum to inform everyone that I’m not participating in this Kangaroo election and listing my name on the ballot will earn them a litigation because it’s an illegal action which will be roundly challenged in court.
“INEC actions which are biased, and jaundiced will be viewed as an act intentionally undertaken to humiliate and ridicule my person”.