As the race for the Senate Presidency heightens, the Senator-elect for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife, has vowed not to succumb to pressure from Igbo leaders to renounce her mandate for Senator Chris Ngige, who is also from the district.
Ekwunife won the Senatorial seat in the March 28, 2015 National Assembly election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
She defeated Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Ngige of the All Progressives Congress.
Some from the south east has lamented that the defeat of Ngige has deprived the Igbo of the opportunity to produce the Senate president
Ekwunife, who is a member of the House of Representatives, told journalists in Abuja that she had since been under pressure to renounce the mandate for Ngige.
She said their excuse was for the purpose of a Senator from the South-East to emerge as Senate President in the coming 8th Senate.
Ekwunife vowed never to succumb to the elders’ pressure.
She said, “Yes, there has been immense pressure from various quarters in the Anambra Central Senatorial zone and by extension, Anambra State, on me to renounce the popular mandate given to me by the people of the senatorial district for somebody (Ngige) I defeated flatly for reasons of power sharing they are not even sure of.
“Even if they are sure of whatever position they want the person they are pressurising me to step down for, I will never take that from them because the mandate, as far as I am concerned, is far, far bigger than being sacrificed on the altar of power sharing.”
Meanwhile a Senatorial candidate of the Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP) in the April 28 senatorial election for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chris Ekweozoh, has taken Ekwunife of PDP to court over her declaration as winner of the election.
Joined in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the Returning Officer in the 2015 senatorial election for Anambra Central Senatorial District.
In his petition filed at the election tribunal sitting in Anambra State, Ekweozoh, a lawyer, stated that the election in which Ekwunife was declared winner, was invalid by reason of alleged corrupt practices and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended, adding that they affected the outcome of the election. In his eight-paragraph affidavit in support of the claim, Ekweozoh, insisted that Ekwunife was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the election.
He alleged that INEC did not release the identification tag of his agents in that election, adding that the commission erroneously released his agent’s tag to one Evang Sam Amdika, who was not known to him.
The MPPP senatorial candidate stated that his polling unit and collation agents were not allowed to participate in the election and consequently, he was left without agents in the election. Also he deposed that the agents of the 1st and 2nd respondents with the agents of the 3rd respondent al¬legedly falsified the results of the votes cast, which the PDP candidate was declared winner of the election.

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