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Initiative condemns Okigwe poll violence

29 February 2016, 20:46

Abuja - The Okigwe Advancement Initiative (OAI) has cautioned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Okigwe senatorial rerun election, Athan Achonu, to stop fanning violence ahead of the poll.

The pressure group alleged some supporters of the candidate had unleashed some violence against members of the community to coerce them to vote for him.

“It is an insult on the sensibility of the entire Okigwe zone, for a former senator who cannot point to anything, as his achievement for the number of months he was in the senate, to turn around to hush, intimidate and kill innocent people for the sake of going back to the Senate,” OAI said in a statement signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Ikenna Ikoku and Barr Ken Ihuoma, said in a statement.

Also read: Commission established to probe Bayelsa poll violence

The group raised concern the PDP candidate had not dissuaded his supporters.

“It is sad to note that the security of life and property of our people, as well as, their plight, is not of concern to a man who is desperately scheming to represent them in the Senate,” OAI said.

While comment could not be obtained from Achonu, the PDP has denied it was involved in violence.



- CAJ News


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