Ngige about to achieve what Obi did to him
The stage is almost now set for Dr. Chris Ngige to challenge the declaration of Governor
Peter Obi as the winner of the just concluded Anambra gubernatorial election. Ngige has
done his home work properly and has come out with the fact that the INEC did not obey the
constitution as it concerns the electoral act before declaring Obi the winner.
The electoral act stipulates that a candidate must win 25% of total vote cast in at least two-
thirds of the local government of a particular state. In the case of Anambra that has 21
LGAs, it would translate to 14 LGAs; but Obi obtained that feat in only 13 LGAs. This is not
the only basis that Ngige would use in contesting the INEC declaration Obi as winner; there
were ballot box snatchings and physical assaults on his polling agents. In that wise, the
electoral act provides that the first two highest scorer of the votes cast should go for a run-
off. These are the basis Ngige would go to the tribunal just as Obi did against him after the
2003 elections that led to Obi getting back his mandate. But this time around, Ngige is
challenging to get a due run-off between him and Obi.
Professor Soludo who earlier was reported to have conceded victory to Obi is now singing a
different tone which has it that Obi did not win but was helped by INEC to get to the present
situation of the election's outcome. All this put together should send one message to Obi: It is
not yet over and should expect what he did to Ngige at the wake of the 2003 election.
Chief Chikelu Ogbuagu
UYO, Akwa Ibom State