The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State has officially accused
Governor Rochas Okorocha of promoting violence which has
led to the death of so many people during the just held governorship
and house of assembly elections in the state.
This accusation which appeared in an advertorial in one of the local
tabloids, came as the Imo people are patiently waiting for the
announcement of the election results.
APC in the state also alleged that some fake uniformed men on the payroll of Imo State Government are currently in an unholy alliance to stop the mandate
of the people.
In a statement entitled, “Imo Governorship Election Process Needs to be
Vigilantly Watched”, signed by the state Chairman of the party, Prince
Marcellinus Nlemigbo, but read by his Publicity Secretary, Chief
Enyinnaya Onuegbu, the party claimed that it was armed with
unassailable facts that some agents of darkness were hard at work to
thwart the collective resolve of the electorate to install the
candidate of the APC to pilot the affairs of the state in the next 4
Nlemigbo alleged that misguided police officers working in concert
with some agencies in some council areas of the state actively stopped
elections in many polling units, where the party was clearly leading
with wide margins, just as the miscreants, he said, violently
disrupted the process and burnt electoral materials.
The APC Chairman also alleged that there were no elections in over
90% of the polling units in the Ngor Okpala where the reign of thugs,
assisted by some uniformed men took over the centre stage where
election materials arrived at 10am.
Citing numerous instances of violent interruptions of the voting
process including Owerri West LGA where people were allegedly
scuttled by axe bearing cultists, who he said shot sporadically to
scare electorate away.
Nlemigbo in the statement added that in the Nkwerre LGA, a soldier who
was indicted for helping Okorocha to rig the Senatorial elections
two weeks ago was in the same LGA, where he chased out voters from
most of the polling units and forced Independent National Electoral
Commission staff to write results in favour of the Action Alliance.
The same event, he said, took place in the Nwangele LGA where the
Returning Officer was chased away by the police and the army.
Nlemigbo who also cited electoral mal-practices in the Mbaitoli and
Nwangele council areas perpetrated by some fake members of the party
said “although we are sure of victory, knowing that the good people of
Imo state voted massively for us, we are, however, worried that the
violent disruptions caused by the police, army and fake armed uniform
men, have contaminated the voting process. We hereby call on the
Federal Government, the Independent National Electoral Commission as
well as national leadership of APC to take note of these infractions
on Imo State election process”.
“We also call on the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Army to take note of
the disruptive and unpatriotic roles being played by some of their
personnel in the election process. Our concern is to ensure that the
voters given to us by Imo people on Saturday March 9, 2019 are
announced as voted”.
“Given the degree of desperation and determinations by the Imo State
Government led by Okorocha to use the state finance and resources to
install his son-in-law; and with the collaboration of some uniformed
agents of the police and army, the electoral process calls for close
vigilance” he concluded.