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LP candidates accuse APC of plotting to rig Imo Assembly polls 

by OkeomaNews

Imo State House of Assembly candidates of the Labour Party have accused All Progressives Congress of plotting to rig this weekend’s election for state lawmakers.

A statement issued in Owerri by the 27 LP candidates in the state on Wednesday alleged that the ruling party was recruiting youths who would manipulate the Biomedical Voter Accreditation System and write results for the APC candidates.

The statement which was signed by, Nnaemeka Obiaraeri ( Okigwe LGA), Kingsley Onwubuike, (Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA), Precious Nwadike ( Orlu LGA) and 24 other LP Candidates called on the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral commission, Mahmood Yakubu, to call its staff in the state to order and ensure that elections are held in the state on Saturday.

They also called on heads of the security agency to order their officers to maintain neutrality during and after the elections.

The LP candidates insisted that the will of the people should be allowed to reflect on the results that would be announced by INEC.

The statement read “Strong intelligence report has revealed the alleged plans/plot being hatched by the APC leadership and government in Imo state to rig the forthcoming March 11, 2023 State Constituency elections in Imo state. 

“The plan being hatched is to grossly  compromise/bribe the Imo INEC REC, the EOs, SPOs and Security Agents across the 305 wards in Imo state to bypass the use of BVAs [just like they did in Okigwe, and some parts of Orlu] on February 25, 2023, write results of most of the LGAs in Imo in the Government House Owerri, declare same and dare the opposition candidates to go to court. 

“Such escobar-like criminal electoral roguery if allowed to be executed will be a total mockery of the intentions/promises of the President Mohammed Buhari avowed intentions to bequeath a legacy of free and fair elections in Nigeria. 

” Already Nigeria has been downgraded by Fitch and there are huge local and international outcry against the conduct of INEC and the security agencies in the last Presidential elections of February 25th, 2023. An election which most local and international elections observers and media have classified as massively rigged as a result INEC not following the rules and guidelines for the conduct of general elections as outlined in the 2022 New Electoral Act . 

“We want to use this medium and opportunity to call upon Mr President, Mohammad Buhari, the INEC Chairman and Leadership, the National Security Adviser, the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defence staff, the DG of the DSS ,the Chairman of the EFCC to call the Imo state APC to order and warn the INEC officials and security agencies never to compromise the integrity, credibility and fairness of the forthcoming March 11, 2023 elections in Imo state .

“We also insist that, in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Provisions of the 2022 New Electoral act, that elections must be conducted at the whole designated poll units in Imo state on March 11, 2023. 

“We also insist that the INEC officials designated for all the poll units in Imo state must be at their duty posts on or before 9am on March 11, 2023. The BVAs must be used to accredit all eligible voters, voters must be allowed to cast their votes and result must be uploaded and  transmitted via the BVAs at each poll unit without any hindrances .

“The Imo state APC must know and understand that in a democracy, the will of the people in choosing who leads them via the ballot, freely given whichever candidates they prefer is inviolable and sacrosanct. 

“We plead with the Imo state APC not to turn the Eastern Heartland into the epicenter and headquarters of Electoral roguery,  malfeasance, criminality and insecurity in Nigeria. 

“The Votes and mandate  of the Imo people must count and be seen to have counted. “

But the spokesperson for the APC in the state, Cajetan Duke, said that there was no truth in the claims made by the LP candidates.

Duke said that the APC candidates were busy campaigning and meeting with the people who would elect them in their various constituencies on March 11.

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