Ahead of the Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections, the Enugu State Chairman, Labour Party’s Peter Obi/Edeoga Campaign Council, for Enugu East Senatorial Zone, Chief Lucky Chukwu, has passed a vote of no confidence on the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Joseph Chukwu.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday, on several issues surrounding the forthcoming elections, Chukwu who is the younger brother of the slain Enugu East Senatorial candidate for the Labour Party, Mr Oyibo, said the REC had allegedly compromised with the ruling party, the PDP to rig the election against the popular will of Enugu electorates.
According to him, “a lot of undemocratic acts are happening under the Resident Electoral Commission of Mr Joseph Chukwuemeka Chukwu and we don’t have confidence on him conducting free, fair and credible election in Enugu State.”
The LP chieftain said, “The supervisory President Officers (SPOs) as we speak are negotiating on how much they will take for their own corrupt roles in the election.”
Sensitive INEC materials such as the BVAS is alleged to have been tampered with and made non-functional with fake code so that in trying to rectify them outside the ward level, they feed wrong figures in favour of PDP and against the Labour Party,” he further alleged.
Chukwu, flanked by other members of the Chukwu family, Labour Party chieftains, also indicted the ruling party, PDP, accusing them of having concluded arrangement to deploy political thugs into the forests, adding that “they will deploy thugs to serve as canvassers who will go out and threaten voters to vote only PDP or be shot.”
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“They intend to disrupt elections in some polling units where the thug canassers fail to coerce the people to do their bidding by shooting sporadically. They may start this from Friday, and eve of the election to scare away voters,” he added.
He explained that INEC officials intended to come to polling units with photocopies of results sheets so that they will change the original sheets afterwards.
“They have planned to use community leaders loyal to PDP to warn those who may not vote PDP to stay at home just like it happened in Lagos. As we speak His Royal Highness Okechukwu Nwobodo Egbuna is under threat.”
Continuing in his allegation, Chukwu said that most of the INEC ward returning officers, Local Government Returning officers as well as State Returning Officers were lecturers and individuals “recruited by PDP, and forwarded to INEC and rectified by the Resident Electoral Commissioner.”
“We hereby call on security agencies – the police, the DSS, EFCC, and ICPC to investigate the Enugu State Residential Electoral Commissioner. The Ebeano political cult is suspected to have masterminded the assassination of Chief Oyibo Chukwu (Owelle), Enugu East Senatorial candidate on Wednesday February 22 2023 on his way home from a campaign meeting, has recruited thugs and other cultists to cause violence in every strong hold of Labour Party in the district and other part of the state, therefore we call security agencies to put him on watch,” he appealed.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Chukwu said they had notified the security agencies about the fears they raised and were equally poised to ensure that the election would not be marred by violence.
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