The Saturday, November 17, 2013 Anambra Guber election was reportedly marred by confusion, complaints and mass protests, even as the candidate of the All Progressives Peoples Alliance (APGA), Dr. Willie Obiano was in early .
From the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Chris Ngige, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer, Comrade Tony Nwaoye to Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Labour Party (LP),it was an ocean of discontent and upbraiding of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for allegedly favouring the ruling APGA.
But the Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu had assured that the commission would not be partisan in declaring the result of the controversial election. He also announced the cancellation of election in 65 electoral wards of the state. The fresh polls schedulled for Sunday, November 17 were, however reportedly boycotted by APC, PDP and Labour Party.
Ngige had complained that INEC deliberately under supplied his political strongholds with electoral materials, while the PDP guber candidate (Nwaoye) alleged that his name was missing in the voters’ register. Hence, he couldn’t even vote for himself. The LP flag bearer, Ubah also protested logistics issues INEC couldn’t handle in the otherwise peaceful election.
Meanwhile, the APGA Guber candidate, Dr Willie Obiano was unofficially declared the winner of the election by all and sundry.
Political observers who spoke with ENCOMIUM Weekly are already predicting that whoever finally wins the election would face a floodgate of petitions at the courts. Others who understand the kind of politics that thrives in this side of the world are, however, of the opinion that winning the election first is the beginning of wisdom to a tactical politician.