Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in the Anambra Central senatorial rerun, Chief Victor Umeh has voted at his Aguluzoigbo ward 1 polling unit at exactly 11:40am.
Speaking after casting his vote, Umeh attributed the apathy that trailed the election to the propaganda unleashed by the opposition.
He however expressed happiness over the turnout.
When reminded that the election witnessed low turnout in many places, Umeh said he was not surprised because there had been a lot of propaganda aimed at stopping the election.
The candidate said he was happy that attempt by some persons to stop justice and fair play has hit the rocks.
Umeh said, “You can not be seeking to represent the people and not adhere to the laws of the land.”
Meanwhile Senator Chris Ngige has distanced himself from the election, although his name was listed on the ballot paper.
Ngige’s statement read: “My attention has been drawn to a list by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) which contains my name as a candidate in the rerun Anambra Central Senatorial Election being conducted Saturday, January 13, 2018.
“For the information of the General Public and voters as well as my numerous supporters in Anambra Central Senatorial District, I’m not participating in the said election which can be described as a charade.
“I have since by a letter dated 11th January 2016 withdrawn from this rerun Election when it was earlier scheduled for March 2016 in accordance with the provisions of sections 33 &35 of the Electoral Act 2010 for personal& Family reasons.
“My party, the APC accepted and promptly wrote INEC for my substitution. It went ahead and communicated its intention to organise a primary election for my substitution.
“The primary monitored by INEC was organised at Awka and the name of a new candidate that emerged was promptly submitted, only for INEC to reject the new candidate on 29 January.
“My party, the APC and INEC are in the Court of Appeal Abuja over this obnoxious & illegal action of INEC with hearing on the matter fixed for 23rd of January which is still within the armbit of 90days ordered by court, only for the INEC to fix an ‘election’ for 13th in order to give an unfair advantage to the APGA candidate to go ‘unopposed’.
“I have met with INEC on this issue and I’m using this forum to inform the general public that I’m not part of the re-run.”