One thing that is certain about this election is that those who doubt the integrity of INEC now know that they have high respect for the rule of law.
"They refused all forms of intimidation and harassment and that is why this election is happening today".
He said Nigerian democracy could only grow stronger if all stakeholders subjected themselves to due process.
He described the December 13 Federal High Court which ruled that Dr Obiora Okonkwo was the valid candidate of the PDP in the March 2015 election as having no momentum and a distraction.
The minister said he had, in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, informed INEC of his withdrawal from the rerun election on the 13th of January, 2016 when the election was originally scheduled for March 2016.
"My party, the APC accepted and promptly wrote INEC for my substitution".
He wondered what the commission was up to after rejecting the name forwarded to it by the APC as his replacement after monitoring the primary that produced the candidate.
Anambra Central is the only zone that does not have a senator since the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu ordered the removal of Mrs. Uche Ekwunife from the seat because her party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, did not conduct any credible primary.
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"'I have met with INEC on this issue and I'm using this forum to inform the general public that I'm not part of the re-run".
"Those who have prevented this election for more than two years should know that it is not about Victor Umeh, it is about doing things the right and proper way". He was at the polling unit in company of his wife and children.
In Agulu, the Agulu Lake Migrant School polling unit was desolate, with only polling officers seen in the square.
He said APGA was sure of victory because of the quality of its candidate, Chief Victor Umeh, assuring that he would be a strong voice in the state and further mainstream APGA in national politics.
An elder of the community said, "we have to come out to support our son". So even if the turn out is different in other places, it has to be different here.
The late arrival of voting materials was observed across polling stations in Aruma and Unizik junctions both in Awka South Local Government Area.
At Akpu in Ukpo also in Dunukofia, voting started at 8 a.m with the same low number of voters recorded.