2019: IT IS UP TO INEC TO SAFEGUARD SENSITIVE ELECTORAL MATERIALS TO ENSURE A FREE AND FAIR POLLS- PDP CHAIRMAN.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia
The allegations from various quarters that political parties have perfected plans to rig the 2019 general elections to their favour will amount to mere rumour if the Independent National electoral Commission, (INEC) lives up to its responsibility as the electoral umpire.
This is the position of the Abia state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), sir Johnson Onuigbo`who said the commission has in its custody all the election materials meant to be safe in their hands.
He said once INEC commits itself to a credible exercise, it will restore the confidence of the masses in them and also give the nation’s democracy hope.
The chairman who frowned at the postponement of the elections by INEC, however commended its chairman Yakubu Mahmood for being firm in his resolve to ensure the elections are not “staggered”.
“I want to thank the INEC chairman for insisting that the elections must hold simultaneously on the same day,” he said.
He accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of plans to rig the elections from the national to the states with the help of some professors from the university.
He threatened to expose the said professors involved in the rigging plan if they fail to retrace their steps soon.
The state party chairman bragged that Abia is a PDP state and will remain so for a very long time, saying they had campaigned vigorously in all the nooks and crannies of the state to sell their candidates to the electorate.
He alleged that the APC members in Abia state have card readers kept in their homes with thumb printed ballot papers.
Sir Onuigbo appealed to the electorate to keep hope alive till the new dates of election and not be discouraged by the postponement.