RETURNING Officer for Saturday’s Anambra South Senatorial Election, Meshach Umenweke has said that his earlier declaration of the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Uba as the winner of the poll is faulty.
Prof Umenweke of the Department of Public and Private Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State in the letter written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) claimed the election was inconclusive but he was forced to declare Ubah, the winner to save his life.
The reported letter, dated February 25 and addressed to the Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner reads in part, “That there were skirmishes within the compound of the Nnewi North Local Government Area (headquarters) where the results were being collated between the police and some thugs who sought to gain entrance to the area of collation. The situation was volatile, intense and charged.
“The police had to spray tear gas to disperse the thugs and supporters, most of who waited nearby. There was inadequate security in the collation arena. There was the imminent danger to my person given the situation at hand to delve into the merits of the petition at the material time.”
The university don added, “Sequel to the above, I hereby declare the result of the elections into Anambra South Senatorial seat which I pronounced yesterday (Monday) inconclusive.”