The Anambra State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APGA) has said it will not plead with Andy Uba, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to withdraw its petition at the election petition tribunal against Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the state’s governor-elect.
Joe Anatune, Head, Media Affairs, Soludo Campaign Organisation, made APGA”s stance known in an interview on Saturday.
However, Uba has claimed that the election was hampered by electoral malpractices and subsequently filed a petition before the Anambra State Election Tribunal challenging the legality of Soludo’s victory.
But reacting, Anatune said APGA is not bothered by Uba’s petition, adding that the party will be waiting for Uba in court “with evidence to defend Soludo’s victory”.
According to the Soludo campaign spokesperson, the ruling party in Anambra State is confident that its victory will be upheld by the court because the election was peaceful, free, and fair.
“We are prepared to go to court because we know the people have spoken through their votes and there is nothing the other candidates can prove to counter the will of the people,” Anatune told the Punch.
The spokesperson stated that APGA had no plan to reach out to Uba to withdraw his petition except the fact that they are calling on all Anambra people, including Uba, to join hands in moving Anambra forward.
He said: “All those who contested have congratulated Soludo, but Uba still wants to go to court, whatever the situation, APGA and Soludo are also prepared to go to court because the truth must be told that the election was the most peaceful, freest and fairest in recent history, but in democracy, you can’t stop somebody from going to court.
“What happened was that the Uba camp was caught with pants down by the BVAS system that INEC introduced for that election. The system, to a large extent, curbed over voting and the result any candidate got was the demonstration of the love the people have for him.
“If there is anybody who can rig that election, it was Uba. We are surprised that he is saying that the election was rigged in favour of somebody. INEC did a good job, and everybody has been praising them including the APC.
“What is happening in Anambra is that the people are excited to work with Soludo because of the vision he has for them and they are saying, ‘Anambra is not Imo;’ so that what happened in Imo should not happen in Anambra because the people have spoken.”