- Accuses Police, Army, APC of planned manipulation
By Okey Maduforo
Seventeen political parties participating in the November 6, 2021 governoship election in Anambra State on the platform of Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC) have issued the Independent National Electoral Commission (IÑEC) a 72-hour ultimatum to join hands with security operatives to work out ways of detecting and eliminating fake army, police and other security officers in the conduct of the election.
They also warned that at the end of the ultimatum if nothing changed, they would review their participation in the election.
In a statement signed by the IPAC Chairman, Mr Uche Igwoli; and Secretary, Uzochukwu Emarinent, the group alleged: “Intelligence report available to IPAC also confirmed that the APC, acting with the collaboration of IÑEC officials in the Operations and ICT Department have perfected plans to falsify results in 92 electoral wards to the advantage of the APC to ensure the victory for its candidates in the governor election.
“This evil and criminal plan would be complemented by the use of fake and specially recruited police officers, the Army and DSS to ensure that the fake results are surreptitiously submitted and collated as authentic results. And these fake security operatives would be used to harras and intimidate agents and major stakeholders of opposing parties.”
IPCA also alleged that there were plans to duplicate Returning Officers that would be officially accredited with letters of appointments by IÑEC to cover up the manipulation.
Reacting, the Director, Senator Andy Uba Media and Publicity, Hon Adam Ogene, said that the allegation was baseless.
“What is the proof? Are the IPAC leaders’ parties contesting in the election? Unless I see specific allegations, I cannot be speaking for INEC, Army, Police. As for Senator Andy Uba, he is only a candidate and is bound by the rules and guidelines governing the election. No more, no less,” he said.
Also the Head of Media and Publicity for the police in the election, DSP Nkiru Nwude, dismissed the allegation, contending that the police were poised towards ensuring a free, fair and credible conduct of the election, adding that such allegations should be discountenanced.
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