By Eneh Victor Chigozie
The Anambra state governorship election has come and gone but there are critical issues that shaped the election that we must not forget.
In all honesty, the November 6 governorship election is the worst election in recent times. I doubt if there is any election since 1999 that can be compared with it.
This is the only election where political parties and strong governorship candidates were tactically stopped from campaigning.
The madness got to its peak the moment Senator Ifeanyi Ubah had a successful road show and became the talk of the town. Insecurity took over the state. It was killings everywhere.
PDP was forced to stop her ongoing LG campaign and ran to ASABA. APC and her leaders ran away from the state to Abuja. Ifeanyi Ubah and YPP ran to Lagos.
Even at Lagos, they infiltrated the markets to ensure voters were not mobilised by any other means.
It was only APGA that was campaigning freely except the incident at Ihiala.
After the insecurity scared away other candidates from campaigning, the electoral umpire insisted that election must hold on November 6 with its new BVAS.
On the day of the election, what the insecurity couldn’t achieve, BVAS achieved it.
The Machine failed in most of the polling units and deprived many of the voters from voting.
Lastly, APGA was declared winner and other candidates wrote to INEC asking the Commission to issue them with Certified True Copies, CTC of the results. And INEC refused.
The insecurity disappeared immediately after the election indicating that it was politically motivated to scare acceptable candidate (s) from campaigning and put fears on voters from coming out to vote.
It is unfortunate, but there must be proper scrutiny of the pre and post election processes leading to November 6 governorship election.
For the first time, a Governorship candidate of a major political party was kidnapped and everybody was concerned about going for the election than compelling those concerned in rescuing the young man.
While we await the verdict of the tribunal at the end of its sitting, we shall continue to publish some of the irregularities of November 6 and appeal that our electoral system is reformed to enhance free, fair and credible process.