The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in the just partially-concluded Anambra State Gubernatorial Election, Dr. Chris Ngige has said he is not desperate to be Governor.
The APC’s Candidate also expressed his disappointment in the manner the election was conducted, noting that he is depressed and sorry for his country.
Dr. Chris Ngige made these statements while addressing newsmen in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Wednesday November 20, 2013.
Dr. Ngige noted that the election was flawed and some INEC officials were in connivance with a candidate in the election.
“The most unfortunate was that some students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University were brought in as polling officers with fake NYSC uniforms against what INEC had told us, that Corps members would be drawn from Anambra, Enugu, and Delta States,” he said.
Ngige complained of how voters in areas considered to be his strong hold were disenfranchised, he also recalled how electoral materials were deposited in some polling units without INEC ADHOC officials to conduct the election.
“The election was fraught with massive electoral irregularities. The electoral officers worked in connivance with the INEC to make sure that electoral materials were delivered late at the polling units in areas of my strong hold,” the APC Candidate said.
He however stated that he was not desperate to be Governor, adding that his participation in the election was not a matter of life and death; but his concern is to see that the right thing is done.
“I am depressed and sad for my country. I am one of those in the Senate that said INEC should be given any amount of money to enable them, perform effectively; we have been deceived, our hopes have been dashed, but I am not desperate to be Governor. This election cannot be salvaged because of the number of people that were disenfranchised who could not choose the Governor of their choice,” Ngige said.
The APC and its Candidate in the Anambra State Gubernatorial election had earlier called for a cancellation of the election, which has been declared inconclusive by INEC.