The Senator-elect for Anambra Central senatorial district, Hon. Uche Ekwunife, Thursday enjoined the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chairman and candidate of the party in the March 28 National Assembly election in Anambra State, Chief Victor Umeh, to humbly accept defeat and leave her alone having lost the good will of the people and “gotten beaten silly in the election.”
Ekwunife, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the election, was reacting to insinuations recently made by Umeh and the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to the effect that the party and its candidates were rigged out in the election by the rival PDP and that the results declared in favour of Ekwunife and other victors didn’t tally with the “booth by booth” result brought by their agents.
But Ekwunife, who represents Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia federal constituency in the House of Representatives, at a press conference in Awka yesterday, described the insinuation as balderdash, adding that she won massively in a credible and fair election.
Before the election, she said both Umeh and Ngige knew they had lost to her given the massive goodwill she received each time they met during the debates organised by the Catholic Church for them.
“Umeh saw it at Nimo in Njikoka council area when, after the church service, we were called to address the people. While his speech received tepid applause, mine was thunderous from the congregation. Even those APGA people with him were clapping for me.
“The truth is that the people reposed confidence in me and elected me because I rendered account of my stewardship ,which met their expectation. Anambra Central people knew the parties, their candidates and their antecedents before the election and made their choice,” she said.
She said it was high time Umeh started accepting defeat and that she had also the same booth by booth results which both Obiano and Umeh claimed to have and “they showed that she beat Umeh silly, wondering if Umeh didn’t suddenly become ashamed because a woman beat him.”
Umeh’s problem during the campaigns, she observed, was that he dwelt on campaign of calumny and destruction of her image and reputation while she concentrated in mobilising the women and the youths and the result showed.
“I think Umeh’s problem is that a woman beat him. He lost his deposit and should then go and sit down and leave me alone. The people rejected him because he has lost their goodwill.
“Let him stop crying like a baby. Umeh is now a crying because I beat him silly. I have all the booth by booth results and I won him. If that election is conducted ten times I will win him ten times, and let it not come to that because I will beat him silly again. Even the governor knows this.
“They did everything to stop me before the election, including a three-hour law by the state House of Assembly but they couldn’t stop me.
“He said he is going to the tribunal. Let him go because I am yet to know if his own booth by booth results are different from the one I have too.
“I served my people well and my victory has taught some politicians a lesson,” she said.