Abuja - Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu,
has condemned the deadly violence that rocked his People’s Democratic Party
(PDP) primary polls.
A person was reported dead and four others serious wounded
following the interparty clashes in Isialangwa North Local Government area.
The exercise to choose the PDP candidates for the local
government polls has been divisive, with the latest violence preceded by
Ikpeazu condemned condemns all acts of violence, regardless
of the reason, as the party had structures in place for those who felt
aggrieved to appeal the outcome of the primaries.
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He said it was important to note that for many years the
state has not conducted polls to elect officials at the third tier of government
and many had waited for the opportunity to put themselves up for election.
“Also, as the dominant and ruling party in Abia, the
interest of aspirants to vie on the PDP platform is not strange,” he said
through his spokesman, Enyinnaya Appolos.
He said this had informed the decision of the governor to
approve the conduct of local government elections as well as maintain absolute
neutrality in the contests to select PDP candidates.
“Therefore, any claim to such endorsement is false.”
- CAJ News