Abia State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Dr. Ayim Nyerere
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Abia State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Dr. Ayim Nyerere, has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chronicling alleged rigging that characterized the April 11 governorship election.
He said there was no governorship election in the state, adding that what transpired was a rigging competition between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Nyerere, who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday regarding his petition, said the party would want an outright cancellation of the polls and to order fresh polls.
He described the April 11 contest as a show of desperation by the PDP and APGA which wanted to outsmart each other in a massive rigging exercise.
On this basis, the candidate said he had written to INEC, asking for the total cancellation of the elections.
According to him, the will of the people did not prevail in the polls, insisting that no single local government area in the state could be isolated from massive malpractice.
“With due respect, I don’t know if I might sound out of context not to refer to it as an election; rather, I will say it was a rigging competition in Abia state because there is a difference between election and rigging. What actually took place in Abia state on the 11th of April was not election but rigging because everything that has to do with election was quite absent.
“In election you are talking about where the wish of the people becomes supreme. Where the people are allowed to come and express themselves as to whom they want as their leader but that was absent in what we should have termed election in Abia state.
“The competition was between APGA and PDP. You see, we are talking about a situation in this time of our democratic dispensation were in most polling units, there were no result sheets. In most polling units ballot boxes were snatched with impunity. I don’t think it happened elsewhere because the degree of lawlessness, impunity in Abia state, I don’t think any other part of the country witnessed such.”