Posted by Okegwo Kenechukwu | 6 May 2019 | 721 times
Hon. Jude Ifeanyi Umenajego was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Anambra House of Assembly election into Onitsha South 2 Constituency. In an interview with New Telegraph spoke on topical political issues and even claimed the election was massively rigged by vote buying.
According to him, the election has come and gone but “I can say it was impressive but also sad because I was robbed of my victory.
“I know vividly that I was the choice of the majority of the constituents, but the election was also marred by massive irregularity by the INEC officials and the members of APGA. They both connived with one another to produce results that didn’t reflect the wish of the people.”
On how he would prove his claim before the election petition tribunal, he stated: “Well, that might be letting the cat out of the bag but one thing that was clear is the open vote buying, intimidations, over voting and even snatching of ballot boxes.
“The figure was also massively manipulated. I make bold to say that my party, the PDP, won overwhelmingly during the Presidential and National Assembly elections in my constituency which is a clear indication that the people have dumped APGA.
As regards getting justice at the end of the day, Hon. Umenajego disclosed that “as a lawyer one has to strongly believe that the judiciary is still the last hope of the common man and if we don’t the society will degenerate into anarchy.”
“It was also on record that APGA mobilised people to vote massively for APC in Anambra State. This was also a strategy by the APGA government to fight PDP and particularly to oppose the vice-presidential bid of former governor Peter Obi by the incumbent governor of the state Chief Willie Obiano. It was clear that the governor came out openly to campaign for APC but still the people of Anambra State voted massively for PDP.” (New Telegraph)
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