Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and
former national chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, on Wednesday,
told the first Anambra National Election Tribunal, sitting in Awka, that
the election in the senatorial district was massively rigged and he was
ready to prove that.
Umeh, who was speaking at the witness box as prosecution witness 05,
was led in evidence by his counsel, Chief Patrick Ikwueto (SAN).
Umeh, relying on his statements on oath, which came in triplicate and
made on April 18, with additional ones on May 16 and June 4, 2015.
He told the tribunal, presided by Mr. Justice A. Aganaba, that the
election was massively rigged, in Obosi, in Idemili North Local Council,
which has one of the highest number of polling units in Anambra State
and Nimo, in Njikoka Local Government Area.
Relying on hundreds of documents he tendered before the tribunal,
Umeh said that the electoral malpractices came in various forms.
In Obosi polling units 018, 003, Awada Primary School, polling unit
024, the number of votes exceeded the number of accredited voters.
In some of the polling units, he said, serial numbers on polling
booth results Forms EC8A1 were cleaned and ink was used to write another
serial number on them.
In a total of 26 polling units, the number of ballot papers used
exceeded the number of registered voters in the units. These included
Nimo ward II polling units 007 and Obosi polling Units 020 (Ama Onyira)
In yet some other polling units, the number of accredited voters for
the senatorial election exceeded the number of accredited voters for the
House of Representatives election, yet the same accreditation was
carried out for the National Assembly election, Umeh averred.
When Umeh’s counsel attempted to tender documents that were not
loaded in his original documents, counsel to Mr. Uche Ekwunife, Peter
Eze and that of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
objected to that, but after a long argument Justice Aganaba ruled that
ruling would be given on the admissibility or otherwise of the