I declared Ifeanyi Ubah winner at gunpoint – Returning Officer

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The Returning Officer for   Saturday’s Anambra South senatorial election, Prof Meshach Umenweke, has made a shocking revelation of vile behind-the-scene events leading to his declaration of the candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Ifeanyi Ubah, as the winner of the poll.

Prof. Umenweke in a letter dated February 25, and addressed to the Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner reversed himself on his declaration of Ubah as the election winner. Rather, the Returning Officer said he announced the Capital Oil boss to save his life which he alleged was under threat.

The letter read in part “That there were skirmishes within the compound of the Nnewi North Local Government  Area where the results were being collated between the police and some thugs who sought to gain entrance to the area of collation. The situation was volatile, intense and charged.

“The police had to spray tear gas to disperse the thugs and supporters,  most of who waited nearby. There was inadequate  security in the collation arena. There was the imminent danger to my person given the situation at hand to delve into the merits of the petition at the material time.”

Umenweke added, “Sequel to the above, I hereby declare the result of the elections into Anambra South Senatorial seat which I pronounced yesterday (Monday) inconclusive.”

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