By Daniel Njienue, News/Comments, March 4, 2021.
DELTA-In a press release to Afrikanwatch Network on Wednesday evening by the All Progressive Congress (APC), Delta State chapter, regarding the state Local government poll on Saturday, wants Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to be like a true democrat and allow the vote of the electorates to count as practiced all over the world. The party also wants the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC) to be neural and allow the electorates to cast their vote comes Saturday March 6 without any compromise. Stating that democracy allows the people to choose their most preferred leader and not by selection. This was part of the press statement issued by the party through its publicity Secretary (Caretaker), Sylvester Imonina Esq:
“Democracy is the government of the people, for the people and by the people. That is, it is the people (Electorates) who determine who lead them in any democratic setting. Delta APC, having it at the back of its mind that it is God and the electorates that give power, encouraged all its candidates to transverse the length and breadth of the different Units and Wards in the different Local Government Areas of the State to solicit for votes”
“The Party states with all sense of responsibility and truism that information from the field shows that the Party’s Candidates have won the mind of the Electorates by their issue based campaigns. Surprisingly, information reaching the Party at this point in time shows that the political leopards (DSIEC) PDP and the State Governor, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa do not want to change from their old ways of doing things (election manipulations)”
“As part of PDP/ Governor’s plan, eight (8) SUV Cars (Jeeps) were bought for the six DSIEC Commissioners, Secretary and the Chairman of the Commission some days ago. There is also promise for cash rewards for the key staff of DSIEC before, during and after the elections.
As a result of this unholy alliance/promise, information at our disposal says a deal has been struck between Commission, Delta PDP and the Governor; to compile names of all their Candidates whom they want declared as venue have been arranged for the submission of the names tomorrow, 4th of March, 2021, to avoid the prying eyes of the public”
“Also, it is/was part of Dsiec, PDP and the Governor’s arrangement not to provide voting materials to APC strongholds in the State. Though, results will come out of those places.
Meanwhile, few places were marked down to conduct a jamboree called “voting exercise”, and some selected journalists will be allowed to report whatever result to be declared”
On the area of security arrangement, APC alleged that, information available to the party clearly shows that, security agencies will not be fair in their legitimate duty.
“Very unfortunately, some members of different security agencies have been recruited by PDP and the State Governor to silence any perceived opposition wherever their acts of illegalities are to be carried out. In line with the said unholy agreement, some security personnel are already on the streets of the strongholds of APC to intimidate the electorates and the opposition..Meanwhile as at today, the campaign posters and bill boards of APC Candidates are being destroyed with impunity, while reports of same to security agents (the police) are being treated with levity”
“Deltans and Nigerians should know that some of the Party’s Candidates and Leaders have been penciled down for trump-up and malicious arrest as from tomorrow, 4th of March, 2021, to enable PDP and its political goons have a field day. In order to justify and/ or prepare the ground for the devilish arrest, the State Publicity Secretary of PDP was directed to issue press statement to the effect that members, Candidates and Leaders of Delta APC are planning to unleash mayhem before, during and after the local government council elections! We state without any air of equivocation that the said press statement from the ill-mannered and desperate PDP publicist is a product of the devilish arrangements put on ground by the PDP to intimidate the opposition. Deltans should not fall for that gimmick/hotchpotch of lies. Delta APC calls on men of goodwill not to relent on making the forthcoming elections the true reflection and desires of peace-loving Deltans. PDP and its politics of intimidation, stifling of opposition and subverting of the will of the people should not be allowed in this age and time”
It could be recalled that the People Democratic Party in the state have accused APC of importing thugs into its strongholds to disrupt Saturday’s poll. But a message sent to the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary to respond to some of the allegations proved abortive as message sent to him via Sms had no response as at the time of filing this report.
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