There have been uneasy calm and confusion in APGA camp since the divine revelation of Willi Obiano’s double standard with respect to voter’s card registration.
We have been religiously following the events and shall in due cause reveal more about this scandal. We have also been watching very carefully every move and steps taken by the prior mentioned actors in this game of shame. We want to warn that they all should desist from their desperate attempts to alter the records and impede on the wheel of justice.
Meanwhile, we have read and carefully understudy the underlying misinformation from the DG of the Willi Obiano Campaign organization describing this revelation as a mere ‘speculative internet rumor’. His role as the DG accords him that basic responsibility to react against (and not for) such a revelation, so this is understandable. Also, we do not expect Prof. Onukogu the INEC Anambra state Commissioner to accept any knowledge of such scandal even when he may have been a part in the whole process of the deal. The records are there and would be made public in due cause.
Matter of fact, however, a clear and non delectable record of Willie Obiano double registration both at Lagos and Anambra State still exists.
Even if we assume without conceding that –Willie Obiano did voter’s card transfer from Lagos to Anambra as his media aides want us to believe , the pertinent question that begs or that will beg for an answer later on are;
What variables remain constant when a voter’s Record is transferred from one location to another?
Does the transfer of record from Lagos to Anambra affect the Vin Number?
Does the transfer of Voters record affect the Date of Registration of the Voter?
We know without doubt that the essence of voters register transfer is to among others things enable the voter carry out his/her electoral duties at the new place of domicile.
We also know that as at the time of Political Parties screening (APGA inclusive) that voter register update has not resumed in Anambra State.
Therefore, we would like the legal and APGA think-tanks to deliberate on these questions before they come out to feed us with another watery lies or waving incontrovertible evidence as a ‘mere media rumour’. Few further questions though:
Which voter card did Willi Obiano present during the APGA screening Panel in August 16, 2103?
Has he successfully transferred his voter’s record from Lagos to Anambra before then?
Why was Obazie disqualified from participating in the primaries?
Our available records show that Willie Obiano’s Anambra record was issued to him on Sept 3 2013 as against the Lagos registration of 2010 with the following VIN number 90fb***************332. That he did his registration at Ramot Oluwakemi Seinab street, Ifako Soluyi Ward in Kosefo LGA of Lagos State. We have noted the differences in the Voters VIN Number.
We await INEC to answer our question on the variables that change when a voter’s record is transferred from one location to another.
We are constrained from publishing the full details of the two Voters record in our possession until we conclude all our inquires and clear grey areas, However, we carefully chose to reveal some part of the information so that Uzodike and Obiano himself will know that this is not an ‘internet rumor’ as they presupposes.
We frown at Guardian Newspaper’s mere call to Prof Onukogu and their subsequent acceptance of his outright denial, a thorough investigative journalism is expected from them and other media Houses.
We therefore challenge all the political parties, Human rights bodies and the Press to use the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the records both from INEC (Lagos and Anambra) and APGA to present the Voters Information that Willie Obiano presented during the screening exercise .
We are amused at further desperate moves by Peter Obi to alter or delete this record; this we know is an effort in futility.
Consequently, we call on the Lagos State Government to cautiously monitor the IT department of LASIEC against infiltration.
Obviously, it is foolhardy for APGA and Mr. Peter Obi to continue to parade a man who has violated an Electoral Act –a criminal offence as their candidate instead of shopping for a new candidate because no matter how long they try to delay the cause of Justice; Mr. Willie Obiano must definitely face the wrath of the Law. Let them not be like the proverbial fly that follows the smell of the corpse to the grave.
Finally, we call on Ndi Anambra and all supporters to take this revelation seriously and make very wise use of their vote.
Dr Nnamdi Jepheth Umeasiegbu
HUMAN RIGHTS AND ELECTORAL WATCH