SaharaReporters has obtained a copy of a letter in which Chris Ngige, one of the senatorial candidates in Saturday’s senatorial elections for Anambra Central, protested massive electoral malpractices by officials of APGA.

Addressed to Chukwuemeka Onukogu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State, the letter accuses APGA of using violence and other forms of fraud to inflate votes in Anaocha Local Government Area in favor of Dora Akunyili, a former minister and APGA’s candidate in the elections.

Mr. Ngige said his party’s polling agents were “assaulted and chased away by thugs of APGA” in such towns as Aguluzoigbo, Agulu, Obeledu, Akwaeze and Adazi Nnukwu.

The petition alleged that the accreditation of voters was hurriedly carried out after his agents were attacked and forced to flee polling centers in Aguluzoigbo. He also accused APGA of writing the results of the voting in Agulu town from Government House, Awka, under the supervision of Governor Peter Obi.

Mr. Ngige stated that “the huge number of returns from Agulu wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 suggest that no credible voting took place but instead, the results were manipulated.”

The ACN’s senatorial candidate also wondered why the Senate Result sheet (Form EC 8A) did not arrive at most polling units in Anaocha LGA until after 7 p.m. when it was already dark.

Mr. Ngige complained that his campaign was further cheated when the INEC Ward collation officers assigned to Agulu fraudulently disappeared. “Our agents waited until 8 p.m. and then moved to INEC Local Government Collation Center with the hopes of finding the agents and/or the results but none was available,” Mr. Ngige wrote.

The ACN candidate implored Mr. Onukogu to order the cancellation of the results from Anaocha LGA in view of the “magnitude of violence, fraud as well as other dishonest and prejudicial acts perpetrated against me.”

However, in a press conference,   Mr. Onukogu stated that he would go ahead and announce the results of the election at 10 AM tomorrow adding that he had not received any reports of malpractice from the police or SSS.

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