‘Burning of Abia INEC office has signature tune of PDP’ – Otti
.’ it’s a lie from the pit of hell’ – PDP
From Steve Oko, Umuahia
The Abia State Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA , Dr. Alex Otti, has alleged that the recent inferno which razed down the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC at Umu-Ikaa in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area “has the signature tune of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.”
INEC office was set ablaze at the wee hours of Sunday by yet to be apprehended arsonists.
Speaking through his Campaign Organisation yesterday in Umuahia, Otti claimed that the incident occurred in his stronghold and was aimed at neutralising his electoral fortunes.
Director General of his Campaign Organisation, Dr. Max Nduaguibe who addressed newsmen in his Campaign headquarters alleged that the motive of those behind the arson was to force INEC office back to the Council headquarters for easy manipulation of poll results in favour of PDP.
Reading from a prepared speech, he said :” You will recall in 2015 , the same INEC office was then located within the premises of the Isiala Ngwa South LGA headquarters, Umuoba was burnt down during the governorship, and state House of Assembly elections, when the APGA candidate was winning with wide margin.
“The same ugly incident was repeated in Obingwa during the governorship tribunal case instituted by our Principal, Dr. Alex Otti. Thugs, obviously acting on the instructions of the government, burnt down the INEC office less than 24 hours after the tribunal gave an order for INEC to tender the materials used in the LGA before the tribunal for forensic examination.
“It is beyond coincidence that the willful destruction of INEC office happened barely two days after the massive turnout of supporters at the Isiala Ngwa North and South campaign rallies for Otti and APGA candidates”.
Otti added that “from the foregoing, we can see a consistent pattern, we are therefore not in doubt of the identity of the arsonists. “
He also described it as a “panic response ” of PDP to his rising popularity in the the area.
Supporting his claims further, Otti said it took the mobilisation of the Army for the INEC office to be relocated from the Council headquarters to its new sites weeks before the incident as PDP allegedly opposed the movement.
But in a swift response, PDP dismissed Otti’s claims as a lie from the pit of hell, saying that Isiala Ngwa South is PDP stronghold.
PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Chief Don Ubani said the allegation was preposterous and a smoke screen by APGA, while pointing accusing finger at APGA.
He said it mounts to one destroying his own kingdom because PDP is the dominant party both in the area and state at large.
Otti called on the security agencies not to allow the arsonists escape justice, while also calling for closer watch on Abia as one of the major flashpoints during the polls.
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