Election: Eleje denies stepping down for Umahi, expresses concern over INEC branding of ballot boxes

Polycarp Sola-Abakaliki

The senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Ebonyi South Senatorial District, Chief Ifeanyi Eleje has denied stepping down for Governor David Umahi.

Eleje also expressed concerns over the branding of ballot boxes by the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in his polling unit which he said would negatively affect the outcome of the elections.

“The election is going well, I just noted one omission, when you are canvassing and educating your voters, you tell them the colors of the ballot box,

You tell them presidential is red, senatorial is black, and the house of representatives is green, but the arrangement seems to be quite different.

” I raised the issue to the INEC officials but the response is not enough because they labeled all the boxes black which would confuse the voters,” he said.

In a chat with Journalists at his residence in Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state, the APGA senatorial candidate lambasted Governor Umahi for aspiring for the Senate position as he would not perform better than what he has performed as a Governor.

How can a Governor aspire to become a senator, what would he do there, the energy level is different, he is descending and I am ascending, you cannot go from building flyovers to boreholes, I doubt if Umahi will ever do a town hall meeting when he becomes a senator”.

He expressed confidence in the electoral process and commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) BVAS machine while anticipating a victorious outcome for him at the end of the election.

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