The governorship candidate of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, in Imo state, Uche Nwole, Tuesday called on the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Hafiz Ringim, to insist on the trial of Chief Ikedi Ohakim’s aide who was arrested for allegedly trying to cause mayhem during the botched National Assembly election last Saturday.
The Senior Special Assistant to Ohakim on Political Matters, Mr. Sylvester Amah, was on Saturday arrested for alleged roles in the hijack of ballot boxes in Imo State.
According to reports in the media, Amah was arrested by men of the Police Anti-Terrorism Squad over ballot boxes hijacked in a ward in Mbaitoli local government area of Imo State.
In a statement made available to the media in Lagos, the PPA gubernatorial candidate urged the IG to ensure that the case was not swept under the carpet.
Nwole, who hails from Mbaitoli local government, stated that ballot boxes were practically snatched in almost every part of the local government in Imo State.
He said: “In addition to prosecuting Amah, there is need for the Police to investigate the issue of ballot box snatching and intimidation of opposition political parties by the ruling party in the state.”
“Those behind the plot to disfranchise Imo people must be exposed and prosecuted as well” he stated.
The PPA Candidate pointed out that the snatching of ballot boxes were in the stronghold of the opposition parties.
“I come from Mbaitoli and my people love me because of the way I represented them in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003 as a member of the PDP.
“The popularity has not waned despite the fact that I joined the PPA in my bid to bring better governance to the people of Imo,” he further said.
Nwole accused Ohakim of being desperate to win the Imo governorship polls, even when the people do not want him.
He said “there was need for the governor to allow for free and fair polls and let the people decide, based on his performance.”
According to him, Imo, a once very calm and peaceful state, has degenerated into a state for hoodlums and criminals, where security has become a mirage.
“The IG must treat this matter with urgency as a signal to those planning how to cause confusion in next Saturday’s polls and subsequent elections,” he added.