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APC chairman in Anambra, Chief Basil Ejidike, on Monday in Awka, charged the EFCC to probe the finances of Anambra State to unearth “monumental deception’’ that thrives in the state.

He said in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Chief Dan Okeke that Anambra government had been fraudulent in the use of its monthly Security Vote amounting to billions of Naira.

“Anambra as a state has not recorded significant growth and development since inception of Gov. Willie Obiano’s leadership. To maintain existing developmental structures in the state remains unattainable,’’ he said.

Ejidike called on APGA government to give account of all state monies in its control meant to be used to develop the state.

Development has neither been visible nor felt by the people of Anambra, he stated.

He advised APGA to face its business of governance and stop calling APC names.

“We urge APGA to focus on its campaign and leave APC alone.

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“Harassing the State House of Assembly members who left APGA for APC is a distraction for the party; proffering solutions to APGA’s internal problems should be paramount to its leadership,’’ Ejidike said.

He also reminded APGA that in a democracy, there is freedom of association.

He urged more members of the state’s House of Assembly to live APGA and join the ruling national party to take the southeast to mainstream national politics.

“Tread on the path of your colleagues to join APC so as to return the lost glory of Anambra,’’ Ejidike appealed.

He also alleged that APGA was losing focus and that there were infrastructural deficits in roads, potable water, power, healthcare delivery, quality education, women and youth empowerment and security.

APC Wants EFCC To Probe Anambra State Funds, Obiano Says No Shaking

He also called on the electorate to shun APGA at the governorship election holding on Nov. 6.

Ejidike assured the electorate that APC’s candidate Sen. Andy Uba would change the fortunes of the state if elected.

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Responding to the charges, Chief Norbeth Obi, State Chairman of APGA, said that the party did not have to waste energy on APC’s accusation and charged it to meet APGA at the November polls.

Obi said APGA was concentrating and consolidating its plans to ensure grand victory come Nov. 6 and had no time to banter words with the APC.

Also responding, Mr C-Don Adinuba, Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, diffused the APC’s submissions about the APGA-led government in Anambra.

Adinuba said that for record purposes, APGA government invited the EFCC to look into its accounts in March 2018 and it gave it a clean bill of health after the exercise.

“APGA government is the only one that has ever invited EFCC to look into its accounts.”

He added that Anambra had the lowest unemployment rate in Nigeria with 13.1 per cent rate against 27.1 per cent nationally

“Economists all the world regard employment rate as most important indicator of the performance of any government,’’ Adinuba said.

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He added that the National Bureau of Statistic also declared Anambra’s economy as the best managed in Nigeria.

He said that the government led by Gov. Obiano was the only one in Nigeria that built an international airport within 15 months and also built an international convention centre, the best in Africa with a sitting capacity of 12,000 persons.

He said that in the next one month, Anambra would deliver the newest international stadium all built without borrowing money from any bank.

Adinuba stressed that the APGA government under Gov. Obiano had no fear of any checks on its financial records.

He advised APC to arm itself with verifiable facts at all times before going to press.

Adinuba also urged APC to clean up the image of its flag bearer at the governorship election, Sen. Andy Uba, and compare it with that of APGA’s “world class’’ candidate in the person Prof. Charles Soludo.

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APC appeal com’tt okay Niger Congress, says no petition, complaint received

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The Chairman of the State Congress Appeal Committee in Niger state, Chief Ray Morphy, has said that his committee did not recieve petition or complaint regarding the recently conducted state congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state.

Chief Morphy declared that the appeal committee’s exercise was open, inclusive and democratic.

The national secretariat of APC had set up appeal panel for each state to hear the grievances of aggrieved party members over the recently conducted congresses.

In a statement released to newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, Chief Morphy said: “From ward congresses through local government, up to state level, the APC congresses in Niger were splendid. The state adopted the option of consensus in which every interest group was represented and carried along.

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“As the chairman of the Appeal Committee for the three levels of Congress, I can confirm that we received no petition or complaint.

“My committee was on ground in Minna at the Party Secretariat and no one showed with either a written or oral petition. We had several stakeholders meeting and all we were getting was commendation for the democratic and inclusive nature of the process in Niger state.”

The APC chieftain also dismissed media reports claiming that some persons could not submit their petitions to the Appeal Committee in Niger state.

“I am therefore surprised that anyone can claim that he or she sought to submit a petition and was denied.

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“That in my view is a figment of such a person’s imagination because the congresses were done in the open and witnessed by all relevant agencies that are empowered to do so.

“Our sittings as an Appeal Committee was also in the open. No one showed up to complain.”

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The Independent National Electoral Commission says an inconclusive election cannot be ruled out in Anambra State governorship poll next week.

INEC’s National Commissioner for Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, said this on a live programme on Nigeria Info 95.1fm Abuja on Tuesday which was monitored by one of our correspondents.

Okoye, while responding to questions from callers regarding inconclusive elections, stated that the Electoral Act and the constitution state conditions for electoral victory.

He argued that as long as no candidate meets the requirement, another election would be conducted.

Okoye added, “The issue of inconclusive elections is embedded in our electoral framework. For instance, in Anambra State, constitutionally, before you can be declared as having won the governorship election, you must score a quarter of the votes cast in two thirds of all the local government areas of Anambra State and you must score a majority of all votes.

Anambra guber: INEC says inconclusive poll can’t be ruled out

“If no candidate in the election scores against this geographical spread and also scores majority of lawful votes cast in the election, you will have an inconclusive election and you must go back to organise a second election in order to get the person who has won. So, the issue of inconclusive election is embedded in our electoral framework.”

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He argued that based on the insecurity in the state, if elections are cancelled in any particular local government in Anambra and it is discovered that such cancellation could affect the outcome of the poll, then the exercise would be deemed inconclusive.

“Moreover, if for instance, on account of insecurity, we are unable to deploy to five local government areas for instance and the votes from all other local governments are assembled, if the total number of registered voters in these five local government where we did not conduct election has the capacity to affect the outcome of the elections where we have already conducted elections, we will declare it inconclusive until we have conducted election in all these other five local governments where we didn’t conduct elections,” the INEC commissioner added.

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Okoye argued that declaring inconclusive elections under circumstances are based on the constitution, the Electoral Act and its guidelines.

“So there is nothing untoward or obscene about it and nothing odious in what we are doing in relation to the election,” he said.

The INEC commissioner stated that the pavilion and collation centre of the commission which were burnt earlier in the year had been reconstructed as well as all stores housing their materials.

Meanwhile, INEC has said new 81,778 Permanent Voter Cards had been printed and would be delivered to its office on October 28.

Okoye said this in a statement on Tuesday after the commission’s meeting in Abuja to review preparations for the Anambra election.

According to him, a total of 138,802 Nigerians completed the registration during the Continuous Voter Registration exercise in the State.

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Okoye said after a thorough cleaning up of the data, it was discovered that the number of multiple registrants was 62,698 forcing valid registrants to drop to 76,104.

“During the same period, there were 5,674 requests for transfers, update of voter information and replacement of lost or damaged cards, giving a cumulative total of 81,778 PVCs. These cards have been printed and will be delivered to our office in Anambra State on Thursday October 28, 2021”, he said.

Okoye said the commission would work out the most efficient means of ensuring that the voters concerned collect their PVCs in earnest, adding that “fortunately, the commission has the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all the new registrants. They will be contacted to make the collection seamless.”

He assured the people of the commission’s determination to proceed with the conduct of the election while appealing to all the critical stakeholders and citizens to cooperate with the commission for a successful exercise.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that 81,778 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were ready for collection in Anambra State.

INEC disclosed this in a statement titled “ Update on Preparations for the Anambra State Governorship Election”, signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Okoye said that the new printed PVCs included newly registered voters and those who applied for replacement or transfer of their cards in the state during the just concluded first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration in the state.

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He said that the cards had been printed and would be delivered to the INEC office in Anambra State on Thursday.

“In our previous update, the Commission informed the public that a total of 138,802 Nigerians completed the registration in Anambra State.

“After a thorough cleaning up of the data, it was discovered that the number of multiple registrants was 62,698.

Anambra Guber: 81,778 PVCs Ready For Collection – INEC

“Consequently, the number of valid registrants dropped to 76,104.

“During the same period, there were 5,674 requests for transfers, update of voter information and replacement of lost or damaged cards, giving a cumulative total of 81,778 PVCs.

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“These cards have been printed and will be delivered to our office in Anambra State on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State and his staff shall work out the most efficient means of ensuring that the voters concerned collect their PVCs in earnest.

“Fortunately, the Commission has the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all the new registrants. They will be contacted to make the collection seamless,” Okoye said.

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