Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Police in Anambra state have intercepted two lorry-load of INEC sensitive materials at a hotel in Okpuno Awka-south local government area of Anambra.
National chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chief Victor Oye who disclosed the incident to newmen at a media briefing in his countryhome Amawbia in Awka-south council area, explained that the police and other security agencies stormed the said hotel on intelligence report and intercepted two lorry-load of INEC sensitive documents for Anambra governorship election.
He said most disturbing was that all the documents for the local governments and wards, needed for the election were in the two lorries. According to him, APGA believes very strongly that the act was masterminded by an opposition political party in the Anambra governorship election.
Oye further disclosed that the essence of the press conference was to draw the attention of the public to the sad development in the nation’s socio-political life adding that it beats ones imagination that in the present day Nigeria, such barbaric and primitive activity still persists.
He said that in less than 10 days to the governorship election, such incident occurred; wondering from whence they got the sensitive materials.
The national chairman of APGA maintainted that APGA will not tolerate it and that the election in Anambra must be free and fair.
According to him, “We have always believed in the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, but this latest development has beaten our imagination and has cast doubts on the capabilities and capacities of INEC to conduct free and fair election …
“We want to make it explicitly clear that APGA as a political party will never tolerate this kind of situation …”
He said it is only a fool that will not see the performance of the governor as being excellent pointing out that the governor has been traversing the nooks and crannies of the state canvassing for votes while opposition elements busied themselves seeking ways to rig the forthcoming governorship elections.
Oye expressed great concern that at fifty-seven, the nation still wallows in political backwardness even as he mentioned that machineries will be set in motion to protect votes on the day of the election as the recent development was an eye-opener and that political misfits and mediocres will not hijack the election for which APGA has prepared adequately.
He said the recent development has thrown Anambra political landscape into chaos and the peopple have lost faith in the ability of INEC to conduct the election .
When contacted the INEC official in-charge of voter education and publicity Mr.Leo Nkedife exonorated the commission from the whole episode on the grounds that the commission is not aware of any incident where the police intercepted its sensitive materials.
Nkedife also disclosed to our correspondent that the commission’s sensitive materials for Anambra governorship election had not arrived yet; that it is only the non-sensitive materials that have been received and distributed accordingly to INEC offices in the 21 local government areas of the state .
Also the police commissioner in Anambra state CP Garba Baba Umar who spoke with our correspondent through the Police Public Relations Officer Princess Nkiru Nwode denied the incident on the condition that the police is not aware of such occurrence.