April 25, 2011

Juju priests curse election riggers in Imo

By Chidi Nkwopara
Some juju priests in Imo State have taken up the gauntlet to ensure that the remaining governorship and House of Assembly polls in the state are free, fair and credible.

The Chief Priest of the dreaded Amadioha deity in Mbaise, Mazi Otagburuagu Okorie, has warned that the gods will visit election riggers with deadly and unimaginable health consequences if they flout any of the provisions of the Electoral Law.

Okorie, who gave the warning in a press statement, specifically warned the gubernatorial candidates, and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to shun electoral malpractices or risk the wrath of the deity.

He also revealed that an association of juju priests in the state had submitted the names of all the gubernatorial candidates, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, other INEC officials, as well as party agents to the gods in the shrine.

According to the Chief Priest of Amadioha, the juju priests have charged the deity to inflict anyone among the electoral officials that tampers with the people’s electoral wishes with a swollen stomach, which will result in the death of the victim on the 14th day of the affliction.

He further disclosed that all the juju priests from the 27 local council areas of the state had an all night parley at the Amadioha shrine in Mbaise, where they performed a midnight ritual to seal the curse.

Vanguard recalls that this is the first time juju priests in the state came together and a position to fight against electoral malpractice in the administration of general elections.