APC alleges plan to rig Imo rerun
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The Southeast leadership caucus of All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was planning to rig the rerun election for Imo North Senatorial District scheduled for February 20, 2016. But the National Vice Chairman of the PDP in the region, Austin Akobundu, denied the allegation saying, “There is no such plans.”
In a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday, spokesman of the APC zonal caucus, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, disclosed that after noticing the popular acclaim of voters for the APC candidate, Hon. Benjamin Uwajimogu, the PDP camp of Senator Athan Achonu, began a desperate plan to rig through the use of manual voter register.
Okechukwu added that within the past one week he spent in Okigwe, it was obvious that the APC candidate and former speaker of Imo House of Assembly, Uwajimogu was enjoying leading popularity rating, pointing out that “the camp of the PDP candidate, Senator Achonu was panicky.”
He noted that Senator Achonu’s case was desperate “because some of his party’s State House of Assembly candidates blame him for their failure in the last election and therefore plans to truncate a free poll from all indications.”
While urging the people of Okigwe zone to remain vigilant, the party chieftain stressed that “information available to the APC indicated that the PDP has perfected plans to rely on the manual voters register to manipulate the polls.”
“The discovery reinforces the rumour making the rounds that PDP was banking on the Supreme Court ruling, which more or else killed the card reader,” the statement added, pointing out that a vote for Uwajimogu translates to an automatic ticket for Ndigbo to join the Senate leadership caucus.
“For us in the South East Zone of the APC, this is a golden opportunity, as no Igbo Senator, even our revered Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is currently a member of the elite APC senate caucus.
“Imagine, most alarmingly, how prominent Igbo sons trumpet on daily basis that the government of the day must implement the constitutional conference report, without aligning with Buhari’s government.