By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR- OPPOSITION political parties in Cross River State have alleged collusion between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the February 25, 2012, rescheduled governorship election.
But Special Assistant to former Governor Liyel Imoke on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Omini Oden, said his boss was ready for election any time it was conducted and that Imoke’s victory was not in question.
State chairman of Hope Democratic Party, Dr. Theo Onyuku, said his party found the sudden rescheduling of governorship election in the state from the initial April 14 to February 25, as unacceptable and an attempt by INEC to ambush the opposition political parties.
Onyuku said: “Hope Democratic Party finds the sudden rescheduling of Cross River State gubernatorial elections from April 14 to February 25, 2012, as unacceptable and a deliberate ambush of opposition parties by INEC in active collaboration with the ruling party (PDP) to achieve a pre-determined outcome.
“This is an unpleasant April fool package from INEC to the opposition parties or how else do we explain the sudden change of the election date that still falls within the Supreme Court judgment mandatory 90 days.”
The governorship candidate of Labour Party, Mrs. Ima-Nsa Adegoke, said the new date was not convenient to the party as it had planned its programmes with the April 14 date and wondered whether INEC did not know the financial implication of its action.
Adegoke said that despite the short notice, the party would participate in the election.