APC rejects result, alleges rigging

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in Anambra State, Mr. Basil Ejidike, has called for the cancelation of the yet-to-be-concluded governorship election in the state.

Ejidike, in a statement Sunday night in Awka, accused the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), of rigging the election, in connivance with “corrupt-minded INEC officials”.

He said: “What is happening in Anambra is never an election but big time electoral fraud and malpractice.

“We want the whole world to hear our voice that we will never accept the outcome of the Anambra gubernatorial election.

“The candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the sitting Governor, Willie Obiano, manipulated the whole electoral system and we will stand to resist it.

Jubilation in Soludo’s house

Supporters, on Sunday, gathered at the house of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, as he leads in 17 of the 19 local governments where results have been declared so far.

In a video that surfaced online, supporters were seen singing victory songs and dancing.

Some of them were seen shouting “God did this”.

The PUNCH had reported that from the 19 local governments’ results so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday, the former Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor won in 17.

With the results declared so far, Soludo leads his closest challenger, Valentine Ozigo of the Peoples Democratic Party, with over 45,000 votes.

The total votes for the parties are APGA -99,160; PDP -49,475; APC- 40,270 and YPP -20,292.

Panic in Akwa Ibom community as gas wellhead erupts

There was pandemonium in the Ebekpi community of Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Saturday morning as a gas wellhead operated by Savannah Energy Limited erupted.

The gas leakage, it was gathered, ran for over five hours, making residents of the community and adjoining communities scamper for safety while workers of the company, including some white expatriates, were seen hanging around the site looking confused.

A fire service vehicle was seen parked around the company in case of any eventuality.

The Village Head of Ebekpi, Chief Ama Bassey Joseph, who spoke with newsmen that visited the site decried the environmental hazards the eruption must have caused.

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