(By Chris A. Amadi) -The Anambra governorship election on Saturday was generally peaceful with voters turning out in their numbers against the directive of Independent Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, to sit at home. However, the exercise was alleged to have been characterised with electoral malpractices in some areas.
In some quarters, Governor Willie Obiano was alleged to have been caught campaigning on the day of the election, while in some other locations, intending voters were said to have been induced with wrappers and money.
Speaking with News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, at Ogbunka community in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra state, Nigeria, on Saturday, Chief Marcel Okeke, the running mate to Mr Osita Chidoka, candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP), said “high level of political inducement” took lace during the election.
According to NAN, Okeke alleged that “some political party loyalists were seen in the open sharing wrappers and money to intending voters before casting their votes, luring them to vote for their party”, even as he urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to come up with stiffer penalty for desperate political parties who undermine the electoral process.
With the conclusion of the election on Saturday, counting has since began as the people of Anambra await the declaration of the Independent National Electoral Commission on the outcome.