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Don’t use Anambra election to test your rigging strength – Umeh warns APC

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Former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh has warned that Anambra people will not allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use the state as an experiment on whether it can win election in the South-East.

Umeh, who was speaking at the inauguration of Professor Pita Ejiofor’s Annual Frontier Lecture at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said such attempt had been tried in the past but was resisted.

He said that Anambra people will insist on credible election in which votes would count.

He also appealed to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku to advise ad hoc staff, the bulk of which were recruited from his university, to avoid being used by politicians to rig elections.

He said: “Anambra should not be used as a ground for experiment. We have resisted it in the past. We call for credible election where votes will count”.

Umeh while speaking with journalists said: “I talked about ad hoc staff because they are the ones used to rig election.

“So, I call on the university so that those who are selected to work should not rig. I know some who have been used in the past and if I see their names I will protest.

“So, I reminded the VC about the workers who would come from the university for the election and urge that the workers don’t give unearned votes. They should not collaborate in rigging the election”.

On the current crisis rocking his party, Umeh believed the party will surmount it, insisting that Chief Martin Agbaso who was pronounced acting national chairman of the party was not a member of the party.

On the yet to be conducted Anambra Central Senatorial repeat election, Umeh said he has given up for another time.

This is because according to him, those who lost in that election have made it impossible for a repeat election to be conducted as some who were not even part of the first election suddenly showed interest.

 

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