INCUMBENT Chairman of Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State, Chief Mathias Ekweremadu, has lashed out at those alleging imposition of candidates by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the recent primaries for the December council polls, saying the election was free , fair, and transparent in his area.

Ekweremadu, who spoke with newsmen shortly after the conduct of the primaries at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, venue of the rescheduled primaries, expressed satisfaction with the exercise, adding that it was “open and transparent as all the aspirants were given a level playing field to choose their next council chairman on December 10, 2011, when compared to other local governments where aspirants were reportedly handpicked”

The Council Chairman also said none of the delegates that voted during the rescheduled primaries was induced with money as rumoured before the primaries.

According to him, ‘’it was a democratic process that produced the eventual winner, Mr. Nwobodo Christopher, who is a tested and trusted administrator, whom the electorate freely voted for during the exercise.’’

He also scoffed over allegations that he kidnapped some Aninri delegates, pointing out that no such thing happened, even as he described such allegations as a calculated attempt by some of the aspirants, not only to blackmail him, but also drag his good image in the mud.

The out going Chairman, who is the younger brother to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, used the occasion to enumerate some of his achievements in office, which he said included provision of police posts in all communities in the locality as well as their quarters, provision of scores of asphalted roads in various communities and construction of bridges in rural areas for smooth movement of the people to urban centers.

He further said that his administration constructed a befitting NYSC quarters as well as provided two medical doctors to oversee the medical needs of the corps members posted to the council.

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