The governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the November 6 election in Anambra State, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah has said he has no fear about the credibility of the election.
Ubah who spoke to journalists in Nnewi was reacting to widespread fears that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may rig the election in favour of its candidate.
He said a lot of factors point to the fact that the election would be credible, and that he believes that the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the chairman of the commission have the integrity to protect, which is beyond the election and as such would not want to taint it.
“What people don’t understand is that we have an INEC chairman that also wants history to remember him positively. He also needs to show people that he is not a man that is found wanting. Remember that the election is coming up in 2023.
“The general election is very critical, and the Anambra election is a signpost as to how that one will go. If the INEC chairman compromises, then he would have shown that he is not a man to be trusted.
“It is only a rumour, and people are buying into it that a particular candidate has the ear of everybody and will rig the election, but it is not true. Even Mr President himself will not stake his credibility for the Anambra election. He is already on his way out, so I wonder why he will want to destroy his personality by rigging Anambra election?”
Ubah said those who believe that the election would be rigged are naive, because Anambra is a politically aware state, and also ready to ensure that it protects its votes.
“Anambra is not a state that is backwards, social media-wise. People are very aware here, and even before you release a wrong result, people would have had it on social media already.
“I have my own situation room, and I have over 80,000 canvassers in the state. We have as many as 500 canvassers in some wards, we have just a little over 5,000 polling stations in the state. We will have people in all of them, and let me tell you, once the election is over, we would have collated all the results and known the outcome, even before INEC announces the result,” Ubah said.
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