Anambra Poll: PDP Raises Alarm Over INEC's Alleged Plan to Store Electoral Materials with APC Governor

Anambra Poll: PDP Raises Alarm Over INEC's Alleged Plan to Store Electoral Materials with APC Governor

  • PDP has expressed concern over INEC's alleged plans to store materials for the conduct of the Anambra governorship election in Imo
  • The opposition's spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday, September 13, urged the electoral chairman to set the record straight amid the viral reports
  • There were media reports that the INEC had plans to store some of its non-sensitive materials for the guber poll in its facility located in Owerri

Ahead of the Anambra state governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected alleged moves by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to store election materials in Imo state.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP national publicity secretary called on the electoral chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to come clean on reports that the commission plans to conduct the guber poll from the southeast state.

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PDP has rejected the reported move by INEC to use its facility in Imo state for storage of Anambra electoral materials. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun
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The PDP described the alleged reports as a direct recipe for a serious crisis in Anambra state.

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In a statement shared on the opposition's Facebook page on Monday, September 13, PDP insisted that any attempt to hand over the materials to Governor Hope Uzodimma by storing them in Imo amounts to rigging the gubernatorial election before it takes place.

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Ologbondiyan added that such a move could lead to a breakdown of law and order in the zone and scuttle the November 6 election.

PDP suggested Enugu state given the availability of a functional airport and secure environment with regional security formations as a better choice to store election materials.

Anambra election: INEC finally reveals PDP's authentic candidate

Earlier, INEC named Valentine Ozigbo as the candidate of the PDP for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state.

No candidate was listed for the PDP when the electoral commission first published the list of candidates for the poll.

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However, INEC national commissioner for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, in a statement in Abuja, on Thursday, September 9, said the commission decided to recognise Ozigbo based on the latest order by the Court of Appeal in Anambra state.

Uncertainty as Anambra APGA governorship aspirant defects to APC

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) suffered a big blow following the defection of its former governorship aspirant, Nonso Okafor, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Okafor, who is currently representing Nnewi North Constituency at the Anambra state House of Assembly, on Wednesday, September 8, confirmed he dumped APGA.

The lawmaker said he was betrayed by the party leaders who gave him assurance that there would be a level playing ground for all the aspirants.


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