No PVC, No Election, Owerri North LGA Youths Protest

ElectionAPC leaders and some youths in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State have insisted that there will be no election in Imo State if INEC fails to deliver the Permanent Voter Cards to the remaining 10 out of the 12 wards in Owerri North Local Government Area.

Over 100 youths from Owerri North Local Government Area stormed the INEC office along Port Harcourt Road in Owerri, the state capital, protesting that elections will not hold in the state if INEC does not provide them with their PVCs.

An indigene of the Local Government, Ray Emeana, said that out of the 27 LGAs in the state, only Owerri North Local Government Area was affected as no single PVC had been distributed to 10 out of the 12 wards in the Local Government.

He also added that they had waited patiently for a long time for INEC to deliver their PVCs but all to no avail.

He alleged that this was a calculated attempt by INEC to disenfranchise the people.

Some APC leaders in the area also stated that INEC should get ready for a re-run or supplementary elections in the state because the people of Owerri North Local Government Area would not participate in the election since their PVCs were not made available to them.

An APC Leader in Owerri North Local Government Area and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Jude Ejiogu, also lamented that INEC has failed the people of the area in the distribution of PVC.

He stressed that this has kept the people of the area questioning the integrity of INEC ahead of the elections. He also shared the view that if there is no PVC for the people, elections might not hold in the area.

Meanwhile, the INEC official who responded to the issues, promised the people of the area that the PVCs would be made available to them by weekend to enable them participate in the election.

 

Imo PDP Holds Rally For President Jonathan

The Imo chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP held a rally to seek support for President Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

Even though the president is yet to make any public pronouncement on his alleged ambition for the 2015 presidency, the rally which held in Owerri, Imo State capital, during the weekend saw the PDP leaders maintaining that the party is ready for the task ahead.

Addressing hundreds of PDP faithfuls at the Egbu Central School in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo state,  the Chairman of the Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the PDP in Imo State, Mr Jerry Chukwueke, said that the PDP led Federal Government under the Goodluck Jonathan administration has proven to Nigerians that theirs remains the party to beat in the 2015 elections, as the transformation agenda of the President has delivered the dividends of democracy to the people of the nation.

He added that the People’s Democratic Party in Imo state, and the entire Imo citizens are solidly behind the President if he considers contesting for presidency in 2015.

He also added that as part of their campaign, they are poised to ensure that power in Imo State returns to the People’s Democratic Party, come 2015.

The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Owerri North LGA, Mr Obinna Lumanze, also said that the effort of the Contact and Mobilisation Committee will go a long way to boost the popularity of PDP at the state and the National levels. He called on Imo citizens to support the PDP so they can wrestle power from the opposition in 2015 in the state.

The highpoint of the occasion was the defection of some members of opposition parties in the state from APGA, APC, Labour Party and UPP to the People’s Democratic Party.