By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has began to blow hot over the outcome of the result at Onitsha North 1 Constituency, were the party lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the March 9th House of Assembly election in Anambra state, as the party insists that they were robbed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Members of APGA from Onitsha North 1, on a peaceful protest matched to the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awka on Monday, 11th March, 2019, demanding that the result should be cancelled and that the election should be slated for a re-run.
Tony Nwaroh, candidate of APGA Onitsha North 1 Constituency, who led the protest said INEC manipulated the results.
The protesters, who were refused entrance to the INEC Headquarters, were seen holding placards with different inscriptions.
Speaking to Journalists after the protest, Barr Sir, Tony Ifeanya Secretary to APGA Anambra State said, “We got the information that Onitsha North 1 Constituents are protesting against the irregularities of the 9th March election for the House of Assembly in Anambra state .
“When we got the massage, the party Chairman in the state, Chief Norbert, sent me to go and intervene on the situation.
“As a disciplined and peaceful party and people, who know the law, we know that when one is not satisfied with the outcome of an election, the next step is to go to ourt (Tribunal) and pursue your mandate and also mitigate your anger.
“I told them the position of the party, which is, in as much as we are not happy loosing the seat, we also thank God that, we won 24 out of the 30 seats, which means we lost six Constituencies. We wished to have 30/30”.
Ifeanya, who advised the party faithful not to take laws into their hands, but follow duo process said, “We will do what is needful and not go to the streets or public institutions like INEC. I am happy they listened to me. They have a petition which has been submitted to INEC and we will give our facts to our lawyer because, we have enough evidence and facts to show that we were actually robbed. Hopefully, we will get Justice”. He concluded
The protesters who were wearing sad faces, told the APGA state Secretary that, on the day of the election, a former governor of the state and Vice Presidential candidate of PDP, His Excellency, Peter Obi and some heavyweights of PDP were seen at Onitsha North 1 Constituency.
The protesters said they were harassed, intimidated, arrested and handcuffed and that they were spread tear gas by security men.
They said the presence of the VP candidate had a negative impact on APGA’s victory.