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It will be a thug of war in Ogbaru Federal Constituency of Anambra State on Saturday, the 15th of April, where a re-run has been rescheduled in 45 polling units scattered in Okpoko, Ogbaru, and Ossomala communities.
On Thursday, Governor Chukwuma Soludo charged top government functionaries led by the Political Adviser to the Governor, Alex Obiogbolu, who met with some stakeholders from Ogbaru Local Government Area to take Ogbaru by all means.
Further meetings were held between Soludo’s advisers and stakeholders from Ogbaru where they were threatened if the election is lost.
At a meeting held at the office of the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Collins Nwabunwanne, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chieftains agreed to make available wrist bands that would grant only APGA supporters unfettered access to the polling area, a source close to the meeting disclosed.
Among those, who attended the meeting were the Director General of the APGA campaign in Okpoko area, Kenneth Akwuobi, popularly known as Okwulora; the Councilor representing Ward 5, Frank Okorie; Chief Louis Ipere, Chairman, Nkpikpa Landlords Association; David Ezike, and one Ikpe, an Iyiowa resident.
It would be recalled that at the end of voting on Saturday, the 25th of February, 2023, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Hon. Afam Ogene, led the APGA and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates to second and third places, respectively.
Although Hon. Ogene led both candidates by over 1,000 votes, it was not enough to declare him, the outright winner, as his margin of lead was smaller than the number of registered voters in units where elections did not hold within the federal constituency.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the affected polling units were those elections did not hold due to INEC’s inability to deploy materials as a result of violence while in some elections were cancelled due to overvoting, etc.