The Labour Party (LP) Governorship candidate in Enugu State, Chijioke Edeoga, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party in the State of planning to disrupt the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections with armed thugs.
Award nobs learnt that Edeoga made this known in a statement alleging that PDP is preparing for war against the people of the state and democratic progress.
Edeoga also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of conniving with the PDP and officials of the Enugu State Government to delay the distribution of electoral materials.
He claimed that thugs have been assigned to disrupt polling units where LP has a stronghold to ensure that results are not collocated and uploaded to the INEC server…..CONTINUE READING
The LP candidate, therefore, called on the Federal Government to conduct an urgent audit of the guns which were approved for procurement by the Federal Government for use to augment the efforts of the conventional security services in the state.
He said: “From the look of things, what the Peoples Democratic Party is preparing for is not an election, but a war. It is a war against the people of the state, a war against democratic progress in Nigeria, and a war against the popular will of the people.
“We are making this call because we are also aware that these men are being armed and prepared to operate freely, appearing in Police, Army and Civil Defence uniforms, a decoy that would enable free movement across the state and to all areas targeted for their planned attacks.
“We have also been informed that major polling units with potential for huge Labour Party votes have been identified, with armed and dangerous non-state actors, already briefed to do all within their power, including deadly force and summary killings, to ensure that results in polling units are not collated and uploaded to the INEC server, using the legally prescribed instrument of the Bimodal Voter Registration System (BIVAS).
“We are aware that weapons, which were legitimately acquired by the Enugu State Government for use by the Enugu State Vigilante Services and the Forest Guards to support the efforts of the conventional security agencies in protecting lives and property in the state, are currently being distributed to political party thugs for use in destabilising the electoral process on Saturday.”