Igwe Kelechukwu Maduabuchi,
- Advocate respect for electoral law, reject Presidential election result
‘They can only rig the next election if they are ready to kill all of us’
By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki
The youth wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State has lambasted the nation’s political umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), over the massive irregularities recorded in the February 25, 2023 presidential election in the state and nationwide.
The Director of Youth Mobilization, Ebonyi PDP Campaign Council, Comrade Igwe Kelechukwu Maduabuchi, who made the disclosure in Abakiliki, called on INEC, security agencies, and politicians to resist compromise and respect electoral laws to ensure free, fair, and credible election.
Igwe lamented that the just concluded Presidential election was marred by high level of rigging and swapping of election results.
He said to Nigeria News Flight: “It has become mandatory and expedient for me to address the general public and to express my disgust and dissatisfaction over the event of last two Saturday’s elections.
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“Let me state categorically that the youths in the state, especially in our great party are not happy over the high level of rigging (swapping of elections results) and violence at the concluded elections.
“The youths are saying no to rigging and manipulation of elections results. I call on INEC to resist every form of compromise by not allowing themselves to be used by some politicians in manipulating election process as was demonstrated during the presidential and NASS polls.
“We have lost confidence in INEC and that is why the youths want to follow them up. They can only rig the next election if they are ready to kill all of us. After the Presidential elections, we lost confidence in INEC and Nigerians are highly disappointed.
“But this time around, we have written to them and to the security agencies to make sure they don’t play funny game with us. So, they can only rig this election if the are ready to kill all the youths in Ebonyi State.
“We advice the politicians to play the election game by the rules. Respect the electoral laws to achieve free, fair and credible elections come March governorship elections. The youth will not tolerate any act of violence. You must remain neutral and apolitical instead of causing disorder.”
He urged security agencies to beef up security at the polling units across the 177 wards to protect the votes and electorates to ensure a peaceful and credible election in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in the state.
Igwe further encouraged all the eligible voters to cast their votes for PDP during the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
“We, therefore, call on security agents to step up operations at the polling units across the 177 wards to protect both the voters and their votes as well as ensuring that the rightful voters are not disenfranchised.