by Akpene Jacob

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Anambra governorship election, Obaze Oseloka has rejected the result of the poll.

Governor of the state and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Willie Obiano had emerged winner of the election. APC’s Tony Nwoye had come second, followed by Obaze in third.

While speaking to Punch, Obaze said the result of the election was pre-determined.

He said the results of the election was not consistent with the voters’ turnout and the pattern.

He said, “No, not quite. This seems to be a pre-determined result because it is not consistent with the voters’ turnout and the pattern.

“It has never happened in Anambra politics that the winner wins 21 local governments. So, we need to look closely at what happened, why the incumbent governor is coming out top consistently.

“That questions whether the other candidates have no stronghold as individuals and their respective parties. There is a certain dubious consistency that, just on the face of it, is an aberration.”

Obaze added that INEC must explain why there was over-voting in some areas in the state.

He said, “INEC has to give an account on why there was over-voting, why there was inconsistency between what was uploaded and what was actually voted. If you have a higher number on the chart and there were no issues where people were fully accredited and left, then how did you have higher figures in the card readers than the voting itself?”

He also expressed concern over the delay in the announcement of the local government results.

“Because we did not do consecutive accreditation and voting, it was simultaneous, it should have saved an enormous amount of time. If you do accreditation and then voting later, it consumes more time. But that was not the case,” he added.