How Andy Uba/PDP/Maurice Iwu, DId the Election Rigging in Anambra State – Eyewitness Account

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HOW ANDY UBA/PDP/MAURICE IWU, DID THE ELECTION RIGGING IN
ANAMBRA STATE – EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

By Benjamin Anosike, Ph.D.

Yes, I’ll make this categorical assertion: I’m somewhat in a unique,
one-of-a-kind position on this subject matter. In deed, even an ENVIABLE
position.
Why? Because I have a “vantage position” on this. I’ve been privileged to
have
witnessed and observed, FIRSTHAND, RIGHT THERE ON THE GROUND IN ANAMBRA
STATE,
the recent purported April 2007 “elections” in Anambra State (and Nigeria),
thanks hugely to the ASA-USA and its membership and leadership, under the
wise
and proactive guidance of its President, Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze, M.D., which
sponsored the ASA-USA Election Monitoring Team, which I was privileged to
Head,
to go to Nigeria and officially observe those elections in Anambra State this
past April 2007. Today, thank goodness that God allowed me to have undertaken
that sacred mission, and to come back in whole and of sound mind to bear
active witness to what I (and my team) saw, what we physically witnessed!
Today,
thank God that I can now make this one rather sweeping and categorical
statement
about those “elections” without any fear of contradiction and with all
confidence: I WAS THERE! I SAW IT FIRST HAND, I WITNESSED IT PERSONALLY! I
KNOW WHAT
HAPPENED. I KNOW WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN!

Yes, because I was there, I can tell you what ACTUALLY happened in the April
14th and 21st “elections” (selections) of 2007 at least in Anambra State.
Simply put, THERE JUST WERE NO DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS THERE. Rather, what

there was there, was a NON-ELECTION.

Andy Uba’s Teleconference With the ASA-USA
Recall this. On March 18 this year, a man called Mr. Andy Uba telephoned Dr.
Nwachucku Anakwenze, the President of the ASA-USA, in Los Angeles, USA, from
Nigeria. He wanted to be given an opportunity to have a discussion with the
Anambra indigenes in the Diaspora in a teleconference. I was privileged to
be one
within the ASA-USA “inner circle” who deliberated confidentially on this
request and I had counseled that Mr. Andy Uba be accorded that opportunity. I
strongly felt, for one, that the man called Mr. Andy Uba, though increasingly
looming larger and larger than life in recent times in the public affairs of
Anambra State (thanks to Olusegun Obasanjo), had been such an “unknown
quantity” to
most of us and most Anambrarians, as to necessitate that we should afford
some direct dialogue with the man as a kind of starting point from which to
commence the garnering, ourselves, of OUR OWN sense of Andy Uba, THE MAN,
from the
perspective of a firsthand, person-to-person information. Rather than merely
continuing to operate merely through filtered secondhand assessments from his
(Andy Uba’s) army of paid agents and PR handlers and favor-seekers — the
LOYA
EZIOKWUS in our midst.

And, thank goodness that on March 23rd 2007, we (ASA-USA) had that open
teleconference with Mr. Andy Uba! And boy, does the fact that we underwent
that
teleconference with Andy Uba come in so handy and so useful and pertinent
today!
At one momentous point at that teleconference of March 23rd, Mr. Andy Uba was
pressed to state his stance and attitude on election fraud and rigging by the
clearly skeptical and incredulous participants of Anambra Diasporans who
obviously felt that this latest “Uba brother” in the Anambra political
arena, would
do nothing else but only what his other two brothers before him, Chris and

INEC
Presiding Officers (or other INEC officer) at the Ward, Local Government,
State
and National levels, “shall [i.e., MUST] be stamped, signed and
countersigned
by the relevant [INEC] officers and polling agents at those levels and copies
given to the police officers and the polling agent, where available.”

Here’s how the relevant Sections of Nigeria’s Electoral Act of 2006,
stipulate it:

ARTICLE 64. (1) The Presiding Officer shall, after counting the votes at
the polling station or unit, enter the votes scored by each candidate
in a form to be prescribed by the Commission as the case may be.
(2) The Form shall be signed and stamped by the Presiding Officer
and counter signed by the candidates or their polling agents where
available at the Polling Station.

(3) The Presiding Officer shall give to the Polling Agents and the
police officer where available a copy each of the completed Forms after
it has been duly signed as provided in subsection (2) of this section.

(4) The Presiding Officer shall count and announce the result at
the Polling Station

And at Article 75 thereof, it emphasis again:

75. Every Result Form completed at the Ward, Local Government, State
and National levels in accordance with the provision of this Act or any
Guidelines issued by the Commission shall be stamped, signed and
countersigned by the relevant officers and polling agents at those
levels and copies given to the police officers and the polling agent,
where available.

In a word, what this law provides for and mandates, is that those
all-important RESULTS FORMS which are supposed to record the RESULTS of
the votes cast,
MUST first have to be verified and then be “stamped and signed” by the INEC
polling officer in charge of the vote that are cast or collated, and MUST
then

be COUNTERSIGNED by the party agents representing each candidate for the
office, in order to officially verify and authenticate the votes of the day
recorded on them as being a legitimate and accurate one, and must be so
done at each
level of the voting process — at each polling station, each Ward level, each
Local Government level, State level, etc. And HERE’S THE MOST IMPORTANT
POINT HERE: clearly, this single provision of the Electoral Act of 2006, is
probably the single, most important provision of the entire law, as it is,
for
certain, the most prime machinery provided for under
that entire law for guarding against and preventing fraud and the
manipulation of the votes cast in an election!

The HEART OF The Andy Uba/PDP/Maurice IWU ELECTORAL RIGGING “GENIUS”

But how did the Andy Uba/PDP/Maurice Iwu’s new electoral rigging “genius”
handle this fraud-prevention provision of this law? It’s simple. They simply
decided on a strategy of NON-ELECTION whatsoever!
They decided: “We’ll just be sure (using the Maurice Iwu INEC’s
collaborators, paid PDP party thugs, and the cooperation of the
Obasanjo-controlled corrupt
army and police apparatus) not to have or to permit any actual voting or
elections at all to take place, in the first place.” Rather, all they’ll
do, is
that they’ll simply “write” the results and “announce” an election, complete
with a made-up figure and a pre-ordained “winner,” at the end of the day.
They’ll simply pronounce it the “election.” And the principal instrumentality
in this whole grand novel strategy of electoral fraud and circumvention of
the election law by which to practically carry it out? It’s simple.
They’ll just
make certain that that very all-important RESULTS FORMS
are never made available by INEC or provided to the INEC officers who conduct

the vote-casting, and should be the ones who officially count the votes to be
cast. This way, if the INEC polling officers in the
field do not have the physical RESULTS FORMS in hand, they’ll have no form
upon which they’ll record the votes, and hence, they’ll have nothing upon
which
their verified vote counts and their signatures will
be authenticated, and, of course, nothing upon which the witnesses to the
vote counting, the party agents representing each of the contesting
candidates,
for example, will have to sign or countersign for purposes
of verifiability or authentication of the votes claimed! (CLUE: In all of the
over-50 polling stations that members of my Election Monitoring Team and I
visited during our observation of the elections in Anambra
State, there was NOT one – not one – in which we found any voting Results
Form available or had by the INEC polling officers in the field. Not one!
They
were simply deliberately withheld.)

There you have it! There you have the increasingly infamous ANDY
UBA/PDP/MAURICE IWU novel strategy of Nigerian electoral rigging and fraud
of this 21st
century! An “ingenious” strategy, eh? So, at least, they might have thought!
But we shall see how “ingenious” that strategy really is. How much ingenuity
there really turns out to be in that strategy in the final analysis. That’s a
matter which I shall address in my future expositions on the 2007 election.

Yes. I was there. I KNOW what happened. I KNOW what did not happen. I cannot
be “told” by any living soul what happened in it. I KNOW! I saw it. I
witnessed it – personally, firsthand. I was there.

For now, thank you all.

Benjamin Anosike, Ph.D

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