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Robbery Suspect Narrates How He, Others Allegedly Rigged Anambra Elections, Says APGA Party Gave Them Vehicles, N50,000

Robbery Suspect Narrates How He, Others Allegedly Rigged Anambra Elections, Says APGA Party Gave Them Vehicles, N50,000
December 9, 2022

The suspect said he was hired and worked with over 30 other election riggers during the 2021 gubernatorial election.

A robbery suspect identified as Anthony Onuoha, has alleged that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gave him and nine others a car and N50,000 each for allegedly rigging Governor Chukwuma Soludo into power in the November 6, 2021 Anambra State governorship election.

Onuoha reportedly made the confession on Thursday when he was arrested by the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Ebonyi State Command over alleged car theft.

The suspect said he was hired and worked with over 30 other election riggers during the 2021 gubernatorial election.

Speaking when he was paraded alongside other suspects in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, Onuoha alleged that they were hired by one Uche General, to rig the governorship election for APGA with a promise to be rewarded with a car and N50,000 after the election, which was fulfilled.

He said, “Last year November, a car was given to me after governor Soludo’s election, because I was involved as one of the 30 persons that were kept in one place to work for APGA. We were promised to be given a car and fifty thousand naira after the election.

“What attracted me to work for APGA was the car and not the fifty thousand naira. I went to Anambra State that November; I was picked by one Mr. Uche General, I don’t know his surname. Uche General was the one in charge of the section.”

“The role I played there was that we were kept at Awka North to thumbprint ballot papers on that day of the election. We thumb-printed for APGA governorship candidate, Charles Soludo, and we agreed that at the end of the day, we will be given a car and fifty thousand naira, which they did.

“We are nine persons that were given a car out of over thirty persons that were hired for the job. This car was given to me by them and the fifty thousand naira to fuel it.”

But Soludo speaking to Daily Post through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Aburime, denied making any such deal with Onuoha during the election and said that the suspect should be made to face the wrath of the law.

The governor said that “The police should take full wrath of the law against the suspect. We don’t know him, he is just telling lies to get off the hook. He is a common criminal and nobody knows him. Moreover, it was BVAS that was used during that last year's election in Anambra State. So, where did they do the thumbprinting?

“We don’t know him. We don’t know who he is. He must be a criminal and that is why he is in the police net. APGA won an election that was declared the most free and fair election in Nigeria.

“There was no such thumbprinting in that Anambra election. It was BVAS that INEC deployed in that election. We don’t know that guy; the governor of Anambra State does not know him. And APGA as a political party does not know him. The guy is on his own and he should face and carry his cross.”