*It’s a lie – GOC
By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia – APGA governorship candidate in Abia State for next month’s elections, Reagan Ufomba, yesterday alleged that Governor Theodore Orji of PDP was being provided with armoured cars and battalion of soldiers for his campaign, describing same as an act of intimidation of other candidates who don’t have any such opportunity.
But the Army, in a quick reaction, dismissed the allegation, warning politicians not to drag its officers and men into politics.
Ufomba, however, called on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, to immediately order that armoured cars and soldiers be withdrawn from the governor’s campaign train.
Ufomba, who addressed journalists in his campaign office in Umuahia, also called on INEC to overhaul its staff in Umuahia before the elections as, according to him, the government has since perfected plans at the local government level to rig the election.
He warned that APGA would not allow election materials to be distributed from the council headquarters which he alleged to be manned by people appointed by the governor.
He announced that his party planned to flag off its campaign in the state on Friday, adding that the government had denied it access to Aba Stadium, even when his party was ready to pay the bill of N1 million given to them.
The General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division of Nigerian Army, Enugu, Major General Sarkin Yakin Bello, reacted angrily to the allegation of providing the governor soldiers during campaign, and categorically denied the allegation.