Count me out of Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election - Ngige

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Umeh, a former National Chairman of APGA, accompanied by his wife, Prisca and one of his daughters, made this known after casting his vote at his Aguluzigbo ward in Awka South Local Government Area at noon.

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.

He said APGA was sure of victory because of the quality of its candidate, Chief Victor Umeh, assuring that he would be a strong voice in the state and further mainstream APGA in national politics.

The Minister in a statement signed by himself and sent to The Nation said he will not be participating in an election he described as charade.

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.

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

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He also took judicial notice of three earlier judgments from the Court of Appeal, ordering INEC to conduct a re-run election for the district within 90 days and excluded the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the election scheduled for today for failing to participate in the primary elections.

"Those who have prevented this election for more than two years should know that it is not about Victor Umeh, it is about doing things the right and proper way".

The turn out was massive, and an elder of the community said, "We have to come out o support our son".

Our correspondent also gathered that election commenced at 8 a.m in six local government areas of Awka-North, Awka-South, Aniocha, Dunukofia, Njikoka, and Idemili-South, except in Idemili-North that recorded some hitches.

One of the candidates under the platform of the Action Congress for Democrats (ACD), Oby Okafor, described the election as smooth and peaceful.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its decision to go ahead with the proposed January 13 Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election.