Abia Politics: APC Rejects LG Election, Calls It A Scam

APC Will Challenge Wike's Commission Of Inquiry- Senator AbeThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State has described as ‘laughable’ the emergence of the 17 Local government chairmen, their deputies and councilors, all of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) claiming that the exercise was a scam.

The rejection of the election results was made on Wednesday by the chairman of the APC in Abia State, Mr Donatus Nwankpa.

He insists that the election should be rescheduled.

Mr Nwamkpa told reporters in Umuahia that the election results were written and do not represent the interest of most electorates in Abia State, whom he claimed were disenfranchised on the election day. he also indicted the security agencies.

“The drama started a day before the election with a lot of discrepancies in the election materials but my party was assured by the state electoral umpire of a level playing ground.

“I want to let you know that the promise was not kept because the entire exercise became laughable and intriguing when election materials were not inspected by the party agent while some were missing.

“I want to let the world know that the local election never took place in Abia and the security did not help matter either, as they connived with the ruling party.

“Therefore, we are calling on the state electoral commission to reschedule the election or be ready to face legal actions,” he stated.

However, the commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, Walter Chika, who was on ground during the election, said the allegation was not true, insisting that 70 per cent security was provided,

“I was on ground on the election day with some of my personnel and I want to let you know that except for little skirmishes at Bende and Arochukwu LGA, which was quickly controlled.

“The electorates went about their normal duties without any molestation and incident of ballot snatching, political thugs and electoral violence was not visible,” he added

Meanwhile, the Abia State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Onuigbo Johnson, has called on the opposition to lose gallantly and support government efforts to ensure good governance in the state.

“It is expected. Nobody can lose election and be happy about it because it is a Nigeria factor to blame someone.

“I want to tell you that our party campaigned vigorously before the election and that is why we are celebrating the victory and efforts today.

“And I want to tell the opposition to lose gallantly and support those who have been elected by the people,” he added.

Police Beef Up Security Ahead Of Abia LG Elections

Army Colonel Murdered In His Residence In IbadanThe Nigeria Police Force says it has made adequate provision for security in Abia State to ensure a peaceful local government election scheduled for December 21.

The Abia State Police Command Headquarters in Umuahia was a beehive of activities on Tuesday, as the personnel prepare for the council polls.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Oyebade Adeleye, told reporters that measures had been put in place to ensure a hitch-free and peaceful election.

According to him, the non-restriction of movement had made the command to beef up adequate security to all the perimeter where the election would be holding as well as all the polling booth to prevent any lynching.

He disclosed that all aides attached to any politicians had been withdrawn, as the personnel have been directed to exhibit professionalism.

To Prevent Any Lynching

Mr Adeleye assured Abians of security while urging them to partner with the police during the election by calling the numbers on the control room in case of any ugly incident.

He said: “What we have done is that the perimeter where the election would be holding would have adequate security and also in all the polling booth to prevent any lynching.

“The Safer Highways have been strategically stationed at the highways to ensure safety of commuters before, during and after the elections.

“Personnel have been posted to all the soft target to ensure that no ugly incident is recorded and we would be working with other sister agencies to share information and provide security.

“We have created an intensive patrol to cover all the nook and crannies of the state and all the rural areas where elections would be holding”.

According to him, police mobile men have been deployed to cover the collation centres at the local government headquarters alongside the personnel of counter terrorism unit.

“I can assure you that with the arrangement in place, I am very optimistic that we are going to exhibit all professionalism to ensure that we have a credible election.

“I want you to know that disciplinary measures have been put in place for any officer that would misbehave and I am not going to compromise on that, as I have urged them to conduct themselves properly,” the state police boss told reporters.

He further assured the residents that they had nothing to fear, as they go about to exercise their constitutional right, promising that the police will ensure peaceful and hitch free election.

LG Polls: Abia Govt. Directs Civil Servants To Stay At Home

FCT election -INEC.Amosun. Ogun poolsAbia State has declared December 21, a ‘stay-at-home and work-free day’ for workers in the state civil service to enable them participate in the Local Government election.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Strategy, Mr Bonnie Iwuoha, the government, however, said that movement was not restricted, as inhabitants of the state and the public were free to go about their normal and lawful duties.

“The work-free day is to offer workers with the Abia State Civil Service, who registered in their villages, the opportunity to go home and cast their votes,” the statement read.

It further said that the decision to make the day a work free day was to ensure that no electorate was disenfranchise.

The state government further advised citizens, especially the youths, to maintain peace, as they go about casting their votes for their preferred candidates in the Local Government elections.

The police and other security agencies were also advised to protect all citizens and ensure that law and order are maintained.

The Police said it had made provision for adequate security during the election.