It was indeed a reflection of the age long saying of ‘different strokes for different folks’ yesterday in Awka when all the chairmanship candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) in the last Saturday’s council election in Anambra state were being sworn in and that of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Idemili South, mr Paddy Ibeneme was heading to the tribunal with his petition.
Ibeneme said he was protesting because more than 80% of the entire results, polling booth by polling booth he got from his party’s polling agents gave him a reasonable margin.
He said that after the voting on Saturday and the polling officers discovered during the collation that he was giving the APGA candidate a high margin, they started making frantic calls after which they suspended collations. The whole raw results were then moved to the council headquarters at Ojoto.
Curiously, according to him, his agents were stopped at the gate, whereas others were ushered in. And at the end of the day, the entire result of the election took a different dimension and he was edged out.
He said he was going to be the first to file his petition before the Justice Pete Obiora panel already set up by the state government to look into all protests.
Gov Peter Obi has already sworn in all the chairmen very early yesterday, charging them to take a que from him and give quality democracy dividends to the citizens.