2021: Security operatives block Anambra INEC headquarters

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.APC members defect to PDP, allege thrat to lives

By Okey Maduforo,

Awka

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (IÑEC) in Anambra State is wearing the look of a millitary cantonment following heavy security presence from the road to the area and inside the compound.

Concrete drums totaling over 30 were used to block commuters and pedestrians from passing through the entrance of the commission headquarters with armoured tankers and heavyduty trucks taking strategic positions ahead of the election on Saturday.

This is coming as there are apprehensions at several quarters that fake policemen in uniform had been deployed to manipulate the exercise.

Deepening the circumstance is the release of sensitive materials for the election, which is now under the custody of the commission and it is being feared that the fake policemen and fake IÑEC staff had infiltrated the areas with fake sensitive materials.

Also INEC collation centres in Ihiala, Nnewi, Ogidi and Abagana in Ihiala, Njikoka, Nnewi North and Idemil North local government areas also have heavy security formations as they are major flash points at every election in the state.

When contacted the Head of Police media for the election, DSP Nkiru Nwude, said that there was nothing like fake policemen in uniform, adding that the Inspector General of Police and the force headquarters had already accredited officers and men that would work during the election and that there were measures put in place to identify those who are fake policemen.

Nwude further explained that the security beef ups were normal routine at every election in the country to avert any attempt to manipulate the process.

Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmen in some local government areas have raised alarm over threat to their lives for challenging the candidacy of Sen Andy Uba who they claimed didn’t win the primary election.

Already, 20 ward chairmen from Aguata local government area where Sen Andy Uba comes from as well as Uga ward 1 and 2 have already defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and 17 ward chairmen from Orumba North and South Senatorial Districts.

Leading the defectors is the chairman of APC in Aguata local government area, Mr Paul Chuks Umenduka, who recently joined the PDP with his supporters. He told reporters yesterday that their lives were being threatened.

“We are pioneer members of the APC from AC to ACN down to the APC and we built the party from the scratch but Sen Andy Uba came into the party from PDP and hijacked the party structure and that was what happened in 2019 National Assembly elections.

“The party leadership appealed to us to remain in the party and we accepted and today Andy Uba did a similar thing so we have to leave the party for good.

“Now they have started threatening our lives and we have been receiving phone calls from suspected cronies of Sen Andy Uba and our lives are in danger.

“We are making it public for people to know before it is late and be it known to all and sundry that Sen Andy Uba is desperate and our people should be vigilant,” he said.

In his reaction, the state APC chairman, Chief Basil Ejidike, dismissed the allegations, contending that the party’s decision was supreme and cannot be challenged.

 

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