Enugu Polls: PDP, APGA, SDP, fault APC’s allegation against INEC

By Tony Edike on 08/03/2019

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Three political parties in Enugu State have dismissed as totally false the allegation by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Dr. Ben Nwoye and Director-General of Senator Ayogu Eze campaign organization, Hon. KGB Oguakwa that  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has plans to hand over electoral materials to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ahead of March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Reacting to the allegation, which was published in some national dailies Thursday, the state Chairman of PDP,  Augustine Nnamani said “It is shameful and an insult on the people of Enugu State that a party (APC) whose ambition is clearly in disarray and which has not been campaigning in the state could come out to make such outlandish and regrettable allegation”.

Nnamani said “APC leadership had openly boasted that it would use “federal might” to win the gubernatorial elections in Enugu State”, stressing that “it is curious that the same party has now turned round to shamelessly and falsely accuse federal institutions of complicity in a phantom conspiracy with the PDP to deny it victory in the upcoming polls”.

Also reacting to the allegation,  the state chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and its Governorship Candidate, Chief Hon. Emma Nwankpa, expressed “utter dismay over the spurious and baseless media report”, stressing that “as one of the major stakeholders who have been deeply committed and involved in all the processes of the elections, APGA Enugu State chapter, wishes to state categorically that the allegation is false, baseless and mischievous”.

According to APGA, “we wish to state that our agents actively participated in the inspection and distribution of all the electoral materials at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Enugu”, and “they duly and formally reported to our party that the exercise was transparent and that no foul play was encountered as mischievously alleged by the APC."

The party, therefore, advised “the APC and its members not to undermine the peaceful political atmosphere in Enugu State and the genuine efforts by INEC and the security agencies to prosecute transparent, free, fair and credible governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday."

On its part, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) faulted the allegation by APC, stating that it was a failed attempt by the party to sway sentiments in the face of imminent defeat at the polls.

The party’s chairman, John Nwobodo, further called on the Nigerian public to ignore the “needless distraction”.

Posted 08/03/2019 06:36:30 AM


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