The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on, Wedneday, has reported that the June 26 governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State did not hold.

Recall that the Senator who represented Anambra South in the 7th and 8th Senate, Dr Emmanuel Nnamdi Uba, popularly known as Andy Uba had been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election, held on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

The declaration was made by the Chairman, Anambra State APC Primary Election Committee, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.

Andy Uba scored 230,201 out of 348,490 accredited voters.

But NEC disclosed on Wednesday, reported that the June 26 APC governorship primary in the Anambra state did not hold.

The commission said that in all the 326 electoral Wards of the state-monitored, that none of the APC team saddled with the responsibility to conduct the primary.

The commission said the electoral officials and materials were not available at the voting centres for the APC governorship primary scheduled for 26 June 2021 in Anambra state, up to 5;30pm when INEC monitors withdrew from the field.

The commission's monitors did not witness accreditation, voting, counting of votes, collation or declaration of results at the voting centres and collation centres up till 5:30pm when the monitors were recalled.

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Recall that 11 of the 14 governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra have said the June 26 governorship primary in the state did not hold.

Dr George Muoghalu, the spokesperson for the aspirants, made the position of the group known in a press conference on Saturday in Awka.

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Muoghalu said that in all the 326 electoral Wards of the state, people came out, but were disappointed, saying that none of the APC team saddled with the responsibility to conduct the primary and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials was seen.

Muoghalu, the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and one of the aspirants, said anybody who claimed that there was primary is fraudulent and did not wish APC well in the November 6 election.

Paul Orajiaka and Edozie Madu, both aspirants, corroborated the position of Muoghalu and warned that the era when one man would come up with fake figure to claim victory is over.

The aspirants, however, appealed to the party leadership to come up with a fresh date for the Anambra primary to ensure that the party beat the deadline in the Electoral Act.

Other aspirants at the event were Johnbosco Onunkwo, Ben Etiaba, Amobi Nwaokafor, Chidozie Nwankwo, Geoffo Onyjegbu, Azuka Okwuosa, among others.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has asked that the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the Anambra State governorship poll slated for Saturday, June 26, be postponed to Tuesday, June 29.

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He said the shift was important to enable party members across the state to participate as well as give enough room to the committee members to resolve contentious issues raised by aspirants.

A statement by his Media Office in Alor, Idemili South, said the minister, who is also the leader of the party in the state, had made his position known to the Chairman of the Primary Committee for the Anambra State Governorship election and the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

Quoting Senator Ngige, the statement said: 'Your Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Chairman of the Anambra State Primary Committee, good day. As I write you now, 4:25 pm, Saturday, 26th June, I'm in my home town, Alor with 2 electoral wards and there is no sign of any governorship primary election. My inquiries and investigation show that the story is the same all around the 326 wards of the 21 local government areas in the state.

'As a result, most party members have left for home, having waited since 8 am. I discussed with your member, Distinguished Senator Ken Nnamani and I'll advise you to call the panel members to shift the exercise to Tuesday, June 29th to also enable you to tidy up some issues raised by aspirants.'


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