The group insists on cancellation of poll.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, said on Wednesday that it was worried about the ethnic card allegedly played by the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, saying it portended danger for Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.
The group of opposition parties specifically noted that Mr. Obi’s claim that the women who demonstrated last Sunday over the controversial election in the state were from Osun State, was regrettable. It insisted that they were indigenes of Anambra State who were protesting their disenfranchisement during the November 16 governorship poll.
Hundreds of women had on Sunday marched through some major streets of Awka, the state capital, to protest what they described as poor conduct of the election.
They had gathered at the popular Arroma Junction in Awka and marched through Alex Ekwueme Square before berthing at the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Reacting to the women’s protest, Mr. Obi alleged that they came from Osun State, controlled by the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
The CNPP, in a statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, on Wednesday, debunked the claim.
It stated, “Penultimate day, it was the issue of Yorubas deporting Igbos from Lagos, forgetting that he deported non-indigenes in 2009, yesterday it was an Hausa man, in this instance Malam Nasiru Elrufai, who came to stop his rigging plan and today the ethnic card allegation is that it was Osun State women who demonstrated at Awka against the sham Anambra State governorship election.
“For the avoidance of doubt the women who demonstrated are aggrieved and courageous bonafide Anambra women whom Professor Attahiru Jega deliberately not only disenfranchised but stole their mandate. The video clips are still there, we therefore challenge Governor Obi to publicly point out Osun women in the video pictures. There is a limit to the endurance for a people whose mandate was stolen.”
On the restriction of the movement of the APC Deputy National Secretary, Nasiru el-Rufai, in Anambra State on the election day by security operatives, which Mr. Obi hailed, CNPP reminded the governor that his (el-Rufai) movement was guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution, adding that the governor (Obi) swore to protect the document.
The group said that instead of playing the ethnic card, Mr. Obi should ask himself why the desperation in getting the people of Anambra State to elect the candidate of his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, after seven years of serving the people.
It also asked him to explain why of all the 23 candidates that contested the governorship election, the APC candidate, Chris Ngige, had become the issue.
The CNPP called for the total cancellation of the election, and resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega “for complicity as events have shown the invincible hand of President Goodluck Jonathan in the sham election.”
It alleged that Mr. Jonathan wanted the APGA candidate to win hence his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, abandoned its candidate, Tony Nwoye, and supported “APGA’s pyrrhic victory in the face of gross irregularities and substantial evidences that tainted the election.”
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