Anambra Central Votes To Elect New Senator

Anambra Central Senatorial election begins with voter apathy

Okafor told our correspondent after casting her vote at Obunagu Ward in Awka-South, that there was low turnout of voters across the central senatorial district.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on the eve of election, distanced himself from the exercise, describing it as Kangaroo and a charade.

In the first election conducted in 2015, he lost to the People's Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Uche Ekwunife.

"In effect the court said that the PDP did not hold any primary, so they could not have fielded a valid candidate because the conduct of a primary is "sine qua non" to the nomination of a candidate".

He consequently adjourned the case indefinitely pending the outcome of the appeal filed by PDP at the Supreme Court.

"My party, the APC and INEC are in the Court of Appeal Abuja over this obnoxious & illegal action of INEC with hearing on the matter fixed for 23rd of January which is still within the armbit of 90days ordered by court, only for the INEC to fix an "election" for 13th in order to give an unfair advantage to the APGA candidate to go 'unopposed".


PDP also challenged the ruling at the Federal High Court which again ruled that PDP could present a candidate. It is not one on merit, therefore the court has jurisdiction to revisit it.

Obi-Okoye said the election would be a keen contest as four political parties would be taking part in the process.

However, Umeh the APGA candidate voted at 11:14 am at ward 2, unit 6 Aguluzigbo, Anoacha Council Area and pledged to do the best if voted to the Senate, he then expressed satisfaction.

Obi-Okoye said the victory of APGA in the governorship election had established the party not just in Anambra but in Nigeria, adding that it would be another massive victory for it.

There was poor turnout of voters during yesterday's Anambra-central re-run election, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered.

INEC has however chose to conduct a rerun which it said was based on three subsisting judgement of court of Appeal directing it within 90 days to conduct a rerun poll for the senatorial district.

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