Monday, 28 October 2013 13:30

Chief Willie Obiano:"The allegation of double registration is not true."

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Chief Willie Obiano:”The allegation of double registration is not true." - Kwentoh


The pervasive rumor and allegation circulating around the media especially on internet that Chief Willie Obiano, All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, governorship candidate in Anambra State was involved in double registration is false and has been debunked by APGA chieftain.


The state APGA chairman, Chief Mike Kwentoh cleared the air and took head on the rumour.  He said that Chief Obiano lawfully transferred his registration from Lagos State to  Anambra State.


Speaking in Awka yesterday, Chief Mike Kwentoh the Anambra State APGA chairman told reporters that the allegation was false and without any basis. Kwentoh said,”The allegation of double registration is not true. Obiano only transferred his registration from Lagos to Anambra State. People should disregard such stories and treat it as false.’’


In addition, Professor Chukwuemeka Onukogu, Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) denounced the emanating disqualification of Chief Willie Obiano in the November 16 election as “rumour" and claimed that he was not aware of the genesis of the allegation.


"Fielding questions on the development, Onukogu washed his hands off "the rumour", and stressed that the matter was not only beyond him, but was not known to him at all.


Instead, Onukogu considered the report as an unnecessary distraction from the mounting pressure of planning a hitch-free, transparent and credible governorship poll for the state. He admitted to having received many phone calls from some of the stakeholders who sought clarifications on the matter.


On his part, the Director General of Obiano Campaign Organisation, Chief Joe-Martins Uzodike, insisted that there was no such situation as double registration on the part of Obiano.


Describing the APGA candidate as a very articulate and patriotic citizen, who would not do anything untoward, Uzodike said it was "a rumour being spread on the Internet by some political opponents from other parties that are jittery over the landslide victory Obiano would record against them,"   as was reported by  Chuks Collins  , ThisDay.


Sec 12(2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) states that: "A Person shall not register in more than one registration centre or register more than once in the same registration centre,” while Section 12(3) states that "A person who contravenes the provision of subsection (2) of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment…"


And "A person, who before the election is resident in a constituency other than the one in which he was registered may apply to the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the State where he is currently resident for his name to be entered on the transferred voters, list for the constituency."


With the clarification coming from APGA and REC,  Obiano action should be deemed lawful.  The drumming allegation may be a distraction coming from political opponents but we will see, time will tell.

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