In a statement issued yesterday by its interim national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC said the position cannot be true as it reminded INEC that it did not wait for a court order to cancel the National Assembly elections in 2011, when it was obvious that many voters across the country could not vote due to the late arrival or non-delivery of voting materials.
APC said the situation in Anambra last Saturday was even more serious due to the fact that voting materials were either late or not delivered at all, since most voters were disenfranchised by an INEC official who apparently tampered with the 2011 voters’ register for the state.
The party said there are more compelling reasons now to cancel the Anambra governorship election than what led to the cancellation and rescheduling of the National Assembly election in 2011 saying unless INEC is still acting out the script handed to it for the ill-fated election.
It said since the integrity of the 2011 voters’ register has been compromised and tampered with, such register can no longer be relied upon by INEC to organize any election in Nigeria.
‘’The emerging allegations are very serious. First, the voters’ register for Anambra has been allegedly tampered with by an INEC official to disenfranchise a huge number of voters, to such an extent that only 451,826 voters were accredited out of the 1,763,751 registered voters in Anambra State” it said.
It said it was due to these that the party is not only calling for the cancellation of the Anambra governorship election, but also saying that even a fresh election cannot and must not be conducted on the basis of the 2011 Voters’ Register, unless Nigeria embarks on another voters’ registration exercise.
The party said it is doubtful if INEC has the ability to ameliorate the damages already done to 2011 registration information by its corrupt and inept officials.
‘’That is why we are calling on Prof. Attahiru Jega, not to withhold the name of the main saboteur in Saturday’s poll, and to also investigate the level to which the Voters’ Register has been compromised, fish out all those involved, find out who their sponsors are and make all of them to face justice,’’ APC said.
The APC also described as very strange the role of the presidency and the PDP in the ongoing debate over the Anambra election.
‘’The conventional wisdom is that political parties take their bearing from their candidates on Election Day. But in the case of the PDP and the Presidency, not only have they abandoned their candidate in the Anambra poll, who himself has derided the election and called for its cancellation, they have also disowned him by going ahead to hail the poll as free and fair” It added.