The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded Anambra Governorship Election, Valentine Ozigbo, on Wednesday, Congratulates Chukwuma Soludo, Allege government funds used to corrupt voters during the process of the Election, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission allegedly presenting untrained officials in the poll.
Ozigbo made these allegations in a statement titled, ‘PDP’s Valentine Ozigbo congratulates Soludo, delivers a Thank You Message to Ndi Anambra’.
The PDP candidate also said he had phoned and congratulated the winner and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chukwuma Soludo.
Soludo, 61, won with 112,229 votes beating Ozigbo, who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress who got 43,285 votes. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party who polled 21,261 votes came fourth. While Soludo won 19 local government areas, Ozigbo and Ubah won one each.
While appreciating his supporters for the determination, Ozigbo alleged that the election was fraught with many shortcomings, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission presented poorly trained staff.
“This election was fraught with a lot of shortcomings on the part of various government institutions. The security agencies failed to provide a peaceful environment for campaigns to hold. On Election Day, they were absent from many polling centres leading to elections not holding or held in situations that allowed for chaos and fraud.
“The national electoral commission presented untrained and poorly trained staff who could not operate the voting machines in many places. They failed woefully in providing logistical support for their staff and so the election started very late in many places and did not hold in many others.
The use of government funds and resources to corrupt, coerce and intimidate voters, the PDP party agents, and electoral officials was a major factor in determining the outcome of this election.
“All of these led to the disenfranchisement of the greater percentage of voters and staining the course of democracy. I will be dedicating time to champion the positive change we need to ensure that future elections are truly free and fair and that the will of the electorate prevails.
“Denominational politics was also a factor. We need to do a lot more to ensure that competence is never sacrificed on this altar and that democracy is practised in line with its truest tenets.
“In all, I am more determined to work for a better future for our children by remaining in active politics and rebuilding our party to be more united and more robust for those who come after us. Ka Anambra Chawapu,” he said.