The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig en masse next Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly polls in the Imo state, All Progressives Congress (APC) alleges.
Iheukwumere Alaribe, director-general of Rochas Okorocha campaign organization raised the alarm over what it described as a plot.
The APC was aware of the PDP’s plan to influence the electoral process with the help of some army personnel during the polls.
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He said: “We know that, just like it did during the presidential and National Assembly elections, the PDP has decided to use fake soldiers to achieve its devious motives on Saturday.
“This time, they want to make sure that no electoral materials get to the designated polling centres. They have been bringing thugs into Imo State. If you go to the rural communities right now, you will find strange people there.”
Alaribe stated that on Sunday, April 5, Catholic churches in many of the communities cautioned members of their worshippers to prevent hanging out at polling booths after casting their votes on Saturday, April 11.
He reminded that there were indiscretions during the last polls, particularly in Ohaji-Egbema, Isu, Oru-East, Isiala-Mbaino and Oguta local government areas, where ballot boxes and other electoral materials were supposedly carted away from the polling booths and non-registered people used as ad-hoc staff by the electoral commission in Imo.
Director-general continued that the APC was determined to confirm the PDP did not commit such electoral malpractices last presidential election.
He noted: “If what happened last time repeats itself during the governorship elections, there will be casualties in Imo State.”
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Alaribe added that not less than 20 members of the PDP had left the party for the APC.
It should be noted that Nigeria's presidential election has been a watershed, the first time that the most populous sub-Saharan African nation is handing over power peacefully and democratically. Muhammadu Buhari won the election fair and square.