April 5, 2011

Orji accuses opposition of blackmail

 By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia – GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia State has said the opposition group in the state was blackmailing his government with what he called frivolous allegations.

Governor Orji, who said this through his Special Adviser on Electronic Media, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue, said it “has become necessary again to alert Abians and the general public  of the smear campaign being carried out by the opposition against the governor of Abia state, just to discredit the forthcoming polls in the state.

“A few days ago, some parties in the state, under the banner of CNPP, alleged that the loyalty of  Mr. Austin Okojie, REC, Abia State, is tilted towards the state government.

“They further alleged that the government of Abia State connived with INEC to rig last Saturday’s botched polls.”  Emezue, in a statement, described the CNPP claims as “baseless and unfounded.”

He noted that with a few days to the election, the governor’s team had embarked on door-to-door campaign, all in the bid to ensure that PDP wins in all the polls to be conducted.

He also faulted the call by the National Chairman of PPA, Chief Sam Nkire, for soldiers to withdraw from the state on the allegation that they were being used by the government to intimidate opponents at last Saturday’s botched elections, saying it was not true.