INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has requested the total cancellation of the Anambra governorship election and the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega for his inability to conduct a credible poll.

The group also expressed its displeasures over the constant fanning of ethnic sentiments  by major players in the Anambra state governorship election.

“CNPP once more calls for the  total cancellation of the election, and resignation of Professor Jega for complicity as events have also  shown the invisible hand of President  Goodluck Jonathan in the sham election. Otherwise, how can his party the PDP abandon its candidate, Comrade Tony Nwoye and support APGA?s Pyrrhic victory in the face of gross irregularities and substantial evidences that tainted the election?” it said.

In a statement issued by the group’s  National Publicity Secretary, Mr Osita Okechukwu, CNPP  took a swipe at Anambra State Governor Peter Obi for his  penchant for flagging the ethnic card, warning that it poses grave danger for our growing democracy.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the women who demonstrated are aggrieved and courageous bonafide Anambra women who Professor Attahiru Jega deliberately not only disenfranchised but stole their mandate. The video clips are still there, we therefore challenge Governor Obi to publicly point out Osun women in the video pictures. There is a limit to the test of endurance for a people whose mandate was stolen.?

On the house arrest of Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai,  CNPP condemned Governor Obi’s utterances in saying that the Deputy Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had no right to be in Anambra State.  

“Governor Obi declared, ?As an APGA Chieftain, I won?t go to Katsina, ?.if I have my way I will bundle him out?. He forgets that el-Rufai’s  freedom of movement is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria, which he as governor swore to uphold and  protect.”

?Governor Obi instead of flagging the ethnic card, should do an introspection, asking himself, why the desperation in getting Ndi Anambra to seamlessly elect the candidate of my party, after seven years of serving my people? Why is Senator Ngige an issue out of 23 candidates?

?Previously, it was the issue of Fashola deporting Igbos from Lagos, forgetting that he had also deported non-indigenes in 2009, yesterday it was an Hausa man, in this instance Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai, who came to stop his rigging plan and today the ethnic card allegation is that it was Osun State women who demonstrated at Awka against the sham Anambra State governorship election.

“On Channels Television Sunrise programme, Wednesday morning, the chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh came up with a dangerous ethnic card, to the effect that the Electoral Officials for Idemili North and South are Yorubas, posted there to assist Senator Chris Ngige.

On the case of sabotage by INEC officials, CNPP called upon police authorities to make public its findings as quickly as possible so as to clear the air on the matter.

“We challenge the Inspector General Police to make known their investigations to clear the air on which party benefitted from the sabotage of the electoral prices by INEC Officials. Feelers reaching us indicate that huge sums of money were found in the accounts of the officials allegedly from APGA sources,” it added.

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