Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 15 February 2019 | 1,364 times
Less than 24 hours before the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State has expressed deep concern on what it described as “instate sabotage”.
The party expressed the concern on Thursday in Awka during a joint press conference addressed by the PDP Presidential Campaign Council Chairman, Anambra State, Oseloka H. Obaze; Anambra State Chairman of the party, Chief Ndubuisu Nwobu, and the State Director-General of the Presidential Campaign, Dr. Harry Oranezi.
They expressed worry on the increasing harassment and persecution of PDP members in the state and at the national level.
News Express reports that a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Gabriel Onyenwife, who recently dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for PDP had his home in the village raided while motorcycles and other things he procured for empowerment programme were burnt.
The campaign vehicle of the member representing Nnewi North/South Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon Chris Azubogu, was also burnt by persons suspected to be working for the opposition party.
The Anambra PDP leaders equally expressed concern regardingg the fire that gutted the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Awka, saying that it shows the seeming unreadiness of INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections.
Responding to question on the burning of sensitive materials at INEC office in Awka, Obaze said that there are a whole lot of questions begging for answers.
He wondered how a container that had no electrical fitting caught fire. The Presidential Campaign Council Chairman in the state asked rhetorically: “Who put the fire on since there are no electrical connections in the container? Who was in possession of the keys? Who put the fire? The security agencies should be able to give us answers.”
On the issue of over 12 million uncollected PVCs, he said INEC should be able to explain what will happen to those cards and in whose custody it would be to avoid raising suspicions.
Obaze, who was PDP governorship candidate during the 2017 governorship election in the state, said that PDP will not engage in vote buying because it is against the law, adding that those who sanctioned it are violating the law.
The PDP leaders stressed that there is no rationale for the postponement of the election, saying that INEC had more than enough time to prepare for the elections.
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