The United Progressive Party (UPP) and its candidate in the 28th March 2015, Anambra Central Senatorial election, Chief Flint Obiekwe have explained why they boycotted Anambra Central Senatorial rerun poll held on Saturday 13th January, 2018.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, yesterday, in Abuja, the UPP candidate, Chief Flint Obiekwe noted that the UPP in a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu dated 19th December, 2017, and duly acknowledged by the commission, the UPP national chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie stated that the party and its candidate, Chief Flint Obiekwe would not “waste our resources to participate in a campaign that will turn out to be wasteful, unlawful and deceitful”.
“The judgment that the Court of Appeal gave directing INEC to conduct a rerun election in Anambra Central senatorial zone within 90 days is subject of appeal at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as we speak. UPP, INEC and others are parties to the appeal pending at the Supreme Court.
“The public was shocked that INEC has shown unusual personal interest in this matter, proceeded to fix a date for the Anambra Central Senatorial Zone rerun election in spite of the appeal pending at the Supreme Court,” Obiekwe quoted the letter written to INEC chairman by UPP national chairman, opposing the rerun election.
The UPP candidate expressed shocked that despite this clear position of the United Progressive Party, INEC proceeded to include the party and its candidate “in this sham election and mischievously allotted votes to UPP to deceive unwary members of the public. It is manifest that UPP did not campaign for the rerun poll nor forwarded names of its polling agents to monitor it.”
He said the votes assigned to the party are the figment of the fertile imagination of the officials of the electoral body as UPP members were duly informed that the party would not participate in the rerun election.
He, therefore, urged party members and supporters to remain calm and wait for the outcome of the appeal pending at the Supreme Court.
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