Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Barely 48 hours to the November 4 Local Government election in Enugu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) thursday accused some unnamed officials of the State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) of plotting to manipulate the results of the election in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The party Chairman, Ben Nwoye told journalists that the APC had it on good authority that some unpopular members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were working in connivance with some ENSIEC staff to truncate the will of the people.
He, however, vowed that if such acts were carried out, the party would ensure that criminal complaints were filed against such ENSIEC staff, collaborating security personnel and politicians.
â€œWe have it on good authority that there is last ditch effort by the ENSIEC, in connivance with some members of the PDP to rig the election.
â€œWe want to place ENSIEC and those involved that we will criminalise complaint against them if they carry out that plan.
â€œThey are making effort to rig our places of strength, which include: Awgu, Oji-River, Udi, Aninri, Enugu-South, Enugu-East, Igbo-Eze North and Igbo-Eze South, as well as Igbo-Etiti.
â€œThey are going to seize the result sheet, cause commotion in these local government areas, ensure that there will be no election, announce the result later, and then tell us to go to courtâ€, Nwoye alleged.
He declared further that, â€œthis high-level plot will fail; we are going to resist it; security agents should be at alert.
â€œWe are highly prepared for this election; today, the national chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is coming to Enugu for the grand-finale of our campaign; it is historical; it has never happened elsewhere.
â€œThe reason is that whatever happens here on November 4 will affect what happens on November 18 in Anambra State.
â€œSo, we are law-abiding but we are going to resist any rigging plot peacefully. We are calling on all our people to come out and vote; donâ€™t be intimidated at all; ignore rumour mill laced with threats of terror.
â€œAll we are saying is where PDP has strength let them win and where APC has strength let them win.
â€œIt is not like the entire PDP members are involved in this plot; it is the unpopular ones, who have outlived their usefulness, they are the ones trying to get popularity by force.
â€œBut we are warning all those involved- the ENSIEC staff, the police, the DSS, the civil defence, that if anyone is caught, anyone who compromises will go to jail. What awaits them is a criminal charge, prosecution, jail if found guilty.â€