Anambra central rerun: I am satisfy with process ―Umeh


"Regardless of how it turns out, January 13 rerun election will be a sweet relief for all informed people of Anambra Central who have been denied their voice in the senate for over two years and the accruing development to the constituency".

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on the eve of election, distanced himself from the exercise, describing it as Kangaroo and a charade.

AFTER a protracted legal and political horse trading that lasted for over two years, the electorate in Anambra Central senatorial district would today elect a senator to represent the area.

He said: " I'm not participating in the said election which can be described as a charade.

The minister said he had, in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, informed INEC of his withdrawal from the rerun election on the 13th of January, 2016 when the election was originally scheduled for March 2016.

"My party APC promptly wrote the commission of its intention to organise a primary election for my substitution".

The senatorial candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh at the polling station.

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He wondered what the commission was up to after rejecting the name forwarded to it by the APC as his replacement after monitoring the primary that produced the candidate.

Okafor told our correspondent after casting her vote at Obunagu Ward in Awka-South, that there was low turnout of voters across the central senatorial district.

Mr. Tsoho held that the actions of the respondent counsel in the suit, namely the Peoples Democratic Party, which resulted in the December judgement was questionable given the Appeal Court judgement which ordered a re-election without the inclusion of the party.

"In this case, the PDP has lost the seat, therefore there is no seat to replace and again there is no tenure to serve because the election in question has been nullified, the question of pre-election matter does not arise".

"'I have met with INEC on this issue and I'm using this forum to inform the general public that I'm not part of the re-run".

INEC has however made a decision to conduct a rerun which it said was based on three subsisting judgement of court of Appeal directing it within 90 days to conduct a rerun poll for the senatorial district.