Twenty-four hours after the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC) postponed the conduct of local government elections, angry youths comprising mainly candidates for chairmanship and councillorship elections from various political parties in the 21 LGAs of the state stormed Government House, Awka to demand for reversal of the directive for the shift in the exercise from October 5 to December 14, this year.
The group, Movement for the Conduct of Local Government Elections in Anambra State, embarked on peaceful protests and carried placards to while express dismay over the postponement of the elections.
Its members however could not see the Governor Mr. Peter Obi.The angry but peaceful demonstrators were eventually addressed by the Special Adviser on Political Matters, Sir Godfrey Muotolu who told them that the governor was not equally happy with the said postponement of the local government elections by ANSIEC without recourse to the state government.
The group later marched peacefully from government house to Aroma through ANSIEC route, singing songs and making unprintable statements in castigation of the government and ANSIEC
Earlier in his address, the leader of the group, Comrade Osita Obi said that the movement informed the governor of its coming and expressed dismay that the state chief executive shunned them.
He stated that the candidates have been milked dry before the postponement, adding millions of naira were spent by the candidates . Each chairmanship candidate paid N200,000 while councillorship candidates paid N50,000 as party nomination fee, stressing that tax clearance fee was paid to the tune of N180,000 for each candidate
Comrade Obi stated that the interest of the group in going to the seat of power was over the announcement for the postponement of the polls, alleging that the exercise was programmed to fail.
Comrade Obi stated that governor Obi was a beneficiary of free and fair election and occupying seat of power at the state level, lamenting the absence of democratically-elected councillorship and chairmanship officials at the wards and local governments levels
He warned that there would be no gubernatorial election on November 16, 2013 unless the local government polls were first held.
The Movement’s coordinator accused the governor of programming the elections to fail; saying even the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) did not submit its list of candidates for the councillorship elections.
Investigations revealed that the electoral Commission may not have got money on time for the exercise, hence the need to postpone the exercise.