Anambra women on Saturday protested alleged planned rigging of the November 6 governorship poll.

The women, operating under the aegis of Anambra Women for Peace and Growth Initiative, also declared support for candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Prof Chukwuma Soludo.

Carrying placards with different inscriptions along Dr Alex Ekwueme square and adjoining streets, they warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against any such plans during the exercise.

They said that they were impressed with Governor Willie Obiano’s performance and would want APGA to continue.

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Leader of the women, Mrs Joy Otuadimma, said INEC should guide against making itself a willing tool in the hands of politicians to perpetrate electoral fraud.

She said: “Anambra women would not accept any form of electoral malpractice, adding that they had resolved to participate actively in the electoral processes to ensure transparency and fairness to all parties.

“We say no to the rigging of the election in Anambra. We will not also accept the Imo State experience here in Anambra. We will not accept any court-imposed governor in this state.

“All we want is a straightforward election. Whoever wins, let the others support him. For us, we support Soludo and we want him to continue from where the governor, Chief Obiano, will stop.”

The Nation