The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Imo State, has demanded the immediate arrest of all the appointees, allies, associates and agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Gov. Hope Uzodinma over their alleged involvement in “shameful abductions, violence and electoral fraud in Ngor Okpala.”
The party, in a statement signed by Engr. Charles Ugwu, Chairman, PDP, Imo State, commended Professor Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner and the Commission’s staff for resisting the invaders and standing up to the truth.
The opposition party said the press conference earlier addressed by the Resident Commissioner aptly captured the entire issues.
The PDP alleged that notorious among the kingpins in the manipulation were Amara Iwuanyanwu, Deputy Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Chinasa Nwaneri, Special Adviser, Special Duties to Governor Uzodinma; Kennedy Ibeh Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Pastor Chike Okafor member, House of Representatives, Miriam Onuoha, Macdonald Ebere State, Chairman of APC and Blyden Amajirionwu, one of the members of the APC.
PDP explained that “it is noteworthy that the candidate of our party, Hon. Emeka Jeff Nwachukwu was placed under house arrest, with armoured tanks stationed in front of his residence at Umuneke, while armed thugs shot sporadically to scare away voters from exercising their franchise.”
The Party said the APC members carted away electoral materials and took them into the residences of some APC leaders and to the Santiago Hotels, located near the Sam Mbakwe Airport, along Owerri-Aba road, where they perpetrated the electoral heist.
“The ballot papers were thumb-printed right in the hotel and results computed,” the PDP chairman said, calling on the INEC to scrutinize and summarily reject results “of those contentious polling units where APC agents perpetrated violent acts as reported.”
The PDP said those persons were captured on camera while carting away BVAS machines and other electoral materials at the polling units mentioned below: Ward 1—008 & 016,Ward 2 —015; Ward 3— 002, Ward 4— 005, Ward 6— 001, 003, 007, 009, Ward 8— 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 011, Ward 11—002, 010 & 012.
According to the PDP, “INEC must resist every attempt to induce and intimidate them to lending itself to the obnoxious agenda of denying the people the right of choosing their representatives, in exercise of their democratic rights and civic duties.
“We wish to call on the INEC to demonstrate patriotic bravery and declare our candidate, Hon. Emeka Jeff Nwachukwu, winner of this election.
“This call is as a result of the evident overwhelming votes cast by the electorate for our party as shown by the legitimate results so far declared.”
The leadership of security agencies in Imo State must know that power belongs to the people and must desist from being tools in the hands of illegitimate and desperate politicians, who are bent on setting the State on fire for their inordinate political ambitions”, the PDP warned.
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