Enugu LG Polls: APC warns PDP, ENSIEC against rigging

Enugu LG Polls: APC warns PDP, ENSIEC against rigging
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he All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend flagged off its campaign for the November 4 local government election in Enugu State, with a strong warning to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) against rigging the election.

The party issued the warning at the campaign flag-off for Enugu North senatorial district at Igboeze North local government field, Ogrute.

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A mammoth crowd witnessed the flag-off, which attracted notable party bigwigs including the Enugu State governorship candidate in the 2015 elections, Okey Ezea, former Speaker of House of Assembly, Eugene Odo, the Zonal Chairman for Enugu East senatorial zone, Anike Nwoga and his Enugu West counterpart, Ik Omenkukwu.

According to Nwoye, the large crowd of people at the APC campaign flag-off at Igboeze North LGA, the same with Udenu, the Governor’s home council, shows that the people are tired of PDP and their failed promises.

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Consequently, he declared that APC would not accept anything short of a free, fair, credible and transparent election, devoid of any form of manipulation or rigging by PDP or ENSIEC.

Nwoye noted that for the first time since 1999 no PDP chairmanship or councillorship candidate would be returned unopposed as APC fielded candidates for the 17 chairmanship and 260 councillorship seats available in Enugu State.

The Enugu APC helmsman said PDP lacks strategy and only resorted to propaganda by telling people not to come out on November 4 to vote as the results were already written in favour of the PDP candidates.

“I am happy that Governor Ugwuanyi told his PDP candidates to go and campaign. We believe every word from his mouth. If he has written results, he will not be campaigning. I believe he is a democratic man, I believe he will not interfere,” Nwoye said.

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Speaking in a similar vein, Ezea maintained that the election must follow the rules according to the Electoral Act, from distribution of electoral materials at ENSIEC to the polling stations, collations of results to the point where the results would be declared.

“If they do not want to hold the election, let them not hold it. But if they want to hold it, it must comply with the Electoral Act,” said Ezea, one of the oldest faces in Enugu opposition politics.

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Earlier, Ogbonna Idoko, the APC Chairman candidate in Igboeze North said he came to right the wrongs of the past under the PDP government when the local government was in blackout and without good roads in spite of the massive allocation coming to Igboeze North as one of the largest local governments in Enugu State.

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