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APC rejects Enugu council polls, calls for cancellation

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the November 4, Local government councils election in Enugu state, stating that it was manipulated in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The party in a petition addressed to the chairman of the Enugu State Independent Electoral commission (ENSIC), Dr. Mike Ajogwu, also accused the electoral body of compromising the results.

“Please take note that the All Progressives Congress (APC) by this letter do hereby reject in its entirety the purported results of the Enugu State local government elections purportedly held on November 4, 2017.

The APC said its resolve to reject the results was based on the fact that “the ENSIEC chairman, Dr. Ajogwu, acting directly and through his agents and employees wilfully and wantonly refused to allow APC agents to observe the distribution of sensitive electoral materials before and during the election”.

The letter signed by state chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye, further said: “this willful and act was perpetrated in order to give the Peoples Democratic (PDP), undue advantage during the election proper.

“The ENSIEC chairman, acting directly and through his agents and employees gave the results sheets to agents, members and candidates of the PDP. Shortly thereafter, the PDP agents filled in the results sheets, and allocate winning numbers to their candidate”, the party said.

The APC equally accused Ajogwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), of failing to provide results sheets at the polling units and collation centres, alleging that the commission also failed to make appropriate security arrangements to prevent electoral violence which marred the election

“Great number of APC supporters, candidates, and leaders suffered severe bodily harm”, the statement said adding that the polls which was characterised by violence that resulted to heavy gunshots left many people suffered gunshot wounds, stab wounds, kidnapping, torture, molestation and false imprisonment

“For the forgoing reasons and others not mentioned herein, All Progressives Congress demands immediate cancellation of the purported local government election held on November 4, 2017”, it concluded and demanded that the exercise be cancelled.

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