Anambra Central: Abuja sets aside Obiora Okonkwo victory

Chief Victor Umeh APGA candidate in the election

He also described Saturday's election as a charade.

The court held that the time for primary elections had elapsed and the PDP could no longer field a candidate in the election.

INEC had therefore asked the court to set aside its consent judgment so as to enable it conduct the rerun election in the said Senatorial District, as ordered by the Appeal Court.

He urged the residents of Anambra central senatorial district to come out em-masse with their Permanent Voter Cards to exercise their franchise.

'I have since by a letter dated January 11, 2016 withdrawn from this rerun election when it was earlier scheduled for March 2016 in accordance with the provisions of sections 33 & 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 for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.

He wondered what the Commission was up to after rejecting the name forwarded to it by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as his replacement after monitoring the primary that produced the candidate.

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday reversed its judgment declaring Dr. Obiora Okonkwo of the Peoples Democratic Party as the elected Senator for the Anambra Central Senatorial District.

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Numerous electoral officers deployed for the election were seen sitting idle as a result of the low turnout of voters.

Our correspondent gathered that the former governor, alleged to have instructed his constituency to boycott the election, was reportedly absent at his polling unit.

The Agulu Lake Migrant School polling unit was desolate.

One of the INEC staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, said the officials would remain at the centre until the end of the exercise.

Already, supporters of Chief Victor Umeh, candidate of the APGA have started jubilating in celebration of the anticipated victory of their candidate.

The council areas where the re-run will be held are: Njikoka, Dunukofia, Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North and Idemili South.

Anambra State government had already restricted movement in all the seven local government areas that make up the zone and the INEC in the state said yesterday that everything had been put in place to ensure a hitch free poll.

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