CANDIDATES of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of subterranean moves by some persons to unlawfully manipulate the list of nominated candidates of the party for the coming polls.
Addressing journalists at the end of their meeting yesterday in Awka, where a communique was issued and read, spokesman of the candidates, Mr Valentine Ayika said “before you here are the PDP Anambra candidates for Federal House of Representatives for 2015 general election. We want our teeming supporters, well wishers and followers to remain calm and to continue in their avowed decision to ensure that PDP win the 2015 general election with a landslide victory in Anambra State.”
The candidates explained that “We also wish to use this opportunity to straighten some deliberately twisted issues by some desperate power seekers who can stop at nothing to acquire power. May it please you to know that premised on a judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja we participated in a properly organized primary by our party, PDP, and emerged victorious in the exercise. We equally fulfilled all other electoral requirements that culminated in our names being published on January 13, 2015, the last day for publication, in INEC website and their other relevant offices. We are reliably informed that the said desperate power seekers are mounting overwhelming pressures on INEC to substitute our names with their own, an act that would amount to overt impunity. At this juncture, we call on INEC to resist any pressure to indulge in any illegal act rather they should be guided by the relevant provisions of our Constitution and statutes.
Ayika warned that any attempt to substitute the INEC list would be resisted.