Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Wednesday added his voice to the criticism of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s conduct of the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State and described it as a dangerous omen for the 2015 general election.
Atiku spoke at the instance of the Maidunama Sickle Cell Foundation as part of activities marking his 67th birthday.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disagreed with its governorship candidate, Tony Nwoye, who said he would boycott the supplementary governorship election slated for this Saturday in 210 polling units across the 16 local government areas.
The party said the best option for it is mobilize support for the supplementary election.
But Atiku who spoke after visiting the Maidunama sickle Cell Foundation in Wuse 2, Abuja, said “The outcome of the Anambra State governorship election is a very serious disappointment and a bad omen for the 2015 general election. INEC needs to do a lot of homework to correct the anomalies”
Atiku however refused to comment further on politics, but chose to comment on the implications of sickle cell as a major contributor to infant mortality.
But the PDP has said the major concern of all stakeholders in Anambra is to ensure effective mobilisation of its supporters and members for the November 30 supplementary election.
In a statement by the Special Assistant to the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Richard Ihediuwa, the party said, “What these characters should concern themselves with now is making efforts to engage the state and zonal leaderships of the party to mobilise our people to participate in the process of the supplementary election as directed by the National Working Committee.”
PDP said it was worried that Nwoye has joined the APC and has been subordinated by the opposition parties in carrying out their agenda. “What should be more worrisome to them is that through their immature, inexperienced and irresponsible advice, they allowed our candidate to attend a joint press conference with the candidate of the APC and to make matters worse, played second fiddle to the APC candidate, who he is leading in the election so far.”
According to PDP, the advice given to Nwoye not participate in the elections has made the APC reduce the margin between PDP and the APC. Accordingly, PDP said, “This gave rise to the manipulation of the APC in leading our candidate not to actively participate in the Sunday election in Obosi, wherein the APC candidate surreptitiously mobilised his people to vote; a situation which enabled him to bridge the gap of the total number of votes cast.”