Some aggrieved residents of Abia State, on Thursday, stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state over an alleged plot to rig the March 18 governorship and house of assembly elections.
Naija News learnt that the residents numbering about 2000 besieged the entrance gate to the INEC facility, carrying placards with various inscriptions.
Speaking to Vanguard on behalf of the protesters, one Bright Nwachukwu, said the residents of the state will not accept any electoral fraudulent process and cases of missing sensitive materials.
He said the residents are demanding a free and fair election and tasked INEC to ensure their votes count as they would not tolerate any attempt to subvert the people’s will.
He said: ”On no account should we accept any electoral process that is fraudulent! We wouldn’t accept any missing election materials including ballot papers and result sheets.
” In the last election we heard that in some places results were written on duplicate sheets as INEC adhoc staff claimed that they did not have the original copies. Such can’t be again!
” All we want is a free, fair and peaceful election. We expect a new dawn in Abia because if we miss it now our children will ask us questions.
” Let the parties allow Abians to decide who will govern them on Saturday.
” We don’t care what the government in power is planning to do. We can assure them that our eyes are open. We watch with eagle eyes.
” INEC should be allowed to do it’s job. Nobody will manufacturer results from anywhere again.
” We can see from the body language of some people that they are back to their familiar terrain of rigging.
” Already on the social media one of them is threatening to kill anybody that votes against PDP governorship candidate and fry his kidney. We want him prosecuted immediately.
” We also want to assure these agents of death that in as much as we are for peace, they should not forget that nobody has the monopoly of violence. Nobody is more Abian than the other”.
Responding, the Acting Administration Secretary of INEC, Abia State, Clement Oha, assured that the commission would provide a level playing ground for all the contestants.
Clement said the electoral umpire had also taken steps to fix some of the challenges recorded in the presidential and National Assembly elections.
He assured Abians to have confidence in INEC for free, fair, and credible polls in the state.
This article was originally published on Naija News
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Author: Rachel Okporu Fadoju