Two groups of supporters of the All Progressives Congress – the APC Congress Front and All Progressives Youth Forum – have alleged Tony Nwoye, the winner of the party’s governorship primaries in Anambra State, rigged.
Chibueze Akaeze, the state coordinator, the APC Congress Front, said the primaries didn’t conform to the party’s rules.
“There was substantial non-compliance to party guideline. Accreditation tags were stamped with fake stamps and were not signed by the authorized officer”, he said.
“We investigated and found that the Borno State Chairman of the APC who wasn’t a member of the electoral committee, signed such tags with the fake stamp and handed them over to Nwoye’s people who in turn used it to vote.
“Again, the requirements laid down for the identification of delegates such as the provision of a National ID card, international passport , drivers license, party registration card were maliciously waived aside by the same Borno State Chairman who was obviously in cahoots with Nwoye, this enabled the fake voters to enter the venue of the primaries.
“This is in addition to issues where during accreditation agents of other candidates requested for delegates Tags in order to verify the accreditation tags and bring the irregularity to the notice of the primaries committee but were refused access.
“There is also evidence of Nwoye campaigning at the venue, distributing money by hand and bank transfer to delegates, those who resisted him were harassed and manhandled.”
Similarly, the other aggrieved group, the All Progressives Youth Forum, said Nwoye was a liability to the party.
Ifeaka Egbunike, the group’s coordinator, said Nwoye would lose the election even in his home town of Nsugbe.
“Let us look at experience, Tony Nwoye again has little or no experience, even his membership of the house which is not up to two years makes him unfit and unprepared for the office of governor, something our opponents are bound to use against us.
“We wish to draw the attention of the NWC to the existence of a mortgage like agreement between Nwoye and a PDP moneybag, Chief Arthur Eze, the agreement which will seek to return Anambra to her dark days of godfatherism will obviously be rejected by the voters,” the group added.