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APC raises alarm over plot to rig Imo North Senatorial rerun

15 February 2016, 18:02

Owerri - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-east has raised an alarm over plots to rig  the rerun election of Imo North Senatorial District, billed for February 20, 2016. 

The party accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to use the Manual Voters Register to rig the election.

Spokesman of APC Leadership Caucus in the zone, Osita Okechukwu, raised the alarm in a statement on Sunday in Enugu.

According to the APC spokesman, the discovery reinforced the rumour making the rounds that the PDP was banking on the Supreme Court ruling, which more or else killed the card reader.

Also read: PDP accuses APC of hiring thugs to rig Benue rerun

The statement reads further: “For us in the South East Zone of the APC, this is a golden opportunity, as no Igbo Senator, even our revered Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is currently a member of the elite APC Senate Caucus.

“This is the ruling party’s Caucus which meets bi-weekly with the Secretary to Government of the Federation, the Vice President and the President; a conclave where major policies, programmes and projects are fine tuned.

“Okigwe has this rare privilege to fill this embarrassing void for Ndigbo. Senator Athan Achor of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yes is qualified, and has the wherewithal to spread, yet he cannot make the APC Senate Caucus because he is not a member of the ruling party.’

“May we remind ourselves, that it is very easy to sit in our comfort zone and luxury bedroom shouting on top of our voices that Ndigbo are being marginalized; hallucinate that they hate Ndigbo or lament that Enugu-Port Harcourt highway is dilapidated and ironically still vote for PDP which abandoned all the federal roads in the South East. We must think out of the box, as the time of sentiment is gone.

“Imagine, most alarmingly, how prominent Igbo sons trumpet on daily basis that the government of the day must implement the constitutional conference report, without aligning with Buhari’s government.

“They canvas that Buhari’s government must do all our wish-list, yet they vote for the wrong candidate, because of money. We must say no to money politics as this is the golden opportunity for us to elect one of us to be in the conclave where vital decisions are taking."

The Independent National Electoral Commission should watch out for those who were trying to manipulate the election and ensure that they did not derail the wishes of the Okigwe electorate in the rerun election

- News 24


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