Ahead of the November 4 Local Government election in Enugu State, the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday declared that it has absolute lack of confidence on the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, ENSIEC.
APC chairman in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye made the assertion alongide chairman of the party’s screening committee for the council election, Hon. Hyacinth Ngwu.
Ngwu had at the media parley unveiled the party’s plan and readiness for the election, with a warning that it would resist any attempt by the ENSIEC to disqualify any of the party’s candidates.
He said his committee would do a thorough job during the screening exercise, Saturday, in line with the relevant electoral laws and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
Ngwu maintained that according to the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act, the ENSIEC lacked the power to disqualify any candidate presented to it by a political party.
“What the law requires the ENSIEC to do is to publish the name of the candidates within 7 days. Only the court can give order for the disqualification of a candidate”, he stressed.
He equally hinted that the APC would field candidates for the 17 chairmanship positions and the 260 wards in the State.
Speaking in the same vein, Nwoye alleged that all the members of the ENSIEC were card carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the State is of the PDP.
According to Nwoye, “we have absolute confidence and the reason is clear. What we have is a situation where all the members of ENSIEC, the chairman, the commissioners, down to the last person are all card-carring members of the PDP.
“They are already biased; we have not heard that any of them tore his membership card of the PDP. They all attend PDP stakeholders meeting where they decide on the party’s candidates.
“So, how can they say that they will be fair? We can’t have confidence in people selected by their masters. All they did was to appoint their political associates.
“But we must warn that if they do things untoward, we will approach the law, the police, the EFCC; there is already a prima-facie evidence against them.
“However, we will not back down; we are going into this election prepared and we can’t be intimidated out of the race.”
Other members of the screening committee present at the briefing included the secretary, Chief Basil Chukwu, Dr. Bony Ene, Mr. Eze Chibueze, Mrs. Ndidiamaka Onuma and Barr. Vin Eneh.