Posted by News Express | 14 April 2015 | 4,286 times
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has called on the Nigerian security apparatus to immediately arrest the trio of out-going Governor T.A Orji, Olisa Metuh, Rtd. Colonel Akobundu “and other cohorts, who openly threatened the guardians of our electoral system last Sunday at the INEC office in Umuahia – Capital of Abia State, and thwarted legally sanctioned electoral processes.”
According to APGA National Publicity Secretary Okwukwe Ibiam in a statement he issued today, “These culprits must be brought to book for openly threatening, maneuvering and causing an electoral official to reverse an existing ruling. We do not have to recount the mental torture the official was put through in order to achieve the dastardly end.
“That is no democracy. That was pure thuggery! No electoral officer may face an open or implied threat of bodily harm to his person or associates in the discharge of their duties. We cannot condone outright disrespect for legal guardians of the realm in our electoral system, or it will be open season on all those who can.
“The Good People of Abia State have spoken, and results may not be boldly manipulated. The APGA won fair and square!
“The results from Obioma Ngwa, Isiala Ngwa, Ugwunabo and localities bordering Aba, are pure travesty. They do not reflect the sentiments of similar votes cast in the Aba vicinity or other parts of Abia State where the electorate made clear, they were done with PDP Governance in Abia State. The PDP failed woefully and were rejected by the electorate, all over Abia State. Manipulating results from areas typically bordering Ngwaland, aiming to harp on local sentiments cannot save the day. Such desperation from a do-nothing State Government. Shame!
“APGA stands by the cancellations, and would call for a total re-run monitored by appropriate Nigerian security agencies, where the people will cast their votes safely, and such votes collated at the end of the day registered properly, in the presence of the Nigerian security forces.
“APGA will also remark that even without the re-run, Dr. Alex Otti has emerged the new Governor of Abia State following already legally collated results from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last weekend.”
•Photo shows Governor Orji.
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