By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—YOUTHS have taken to the streets of Awka, Anambra State capital, to protest alleged presentation of multiple candidates by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for National Assembly elections in the state.
The protesters blocked the busy Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, causing traffic gridlock and later marched to the state headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, blocked the entrance and chanted war songs.
The youths displayed placards with inscriptions such as “No to multiple candidates for PDP,” “We say no to fraud,” “Enough of this illegality,” “INEC should speak out now,” among others.
Speaking with reporters, the youths threatened to take the laws into their hands if the relevant agencies and INEC failed to act immediately to correct the alleged anomaly.
According to their leader, Mr. Ikem Maduagwu, if the state government, the police, INEC and other relevant law enforcement agencies fail to address the situation, they would have no option than to cause mayhem in the state.
They demanded that INEC should, within 48 hours, state clearly who the authentic PDP candidates were in the state and formally announce same in news media in the state.
… as PDP blasts APGA
Meanwhile, the state Coordinator of Goodluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organization, Chief Okey Ezenwa, at the inauguration of the presidential campaign coordinators for the 21 local government areas in Awka, said APGA had been riding on the back of President Goodluck Jonathan to woo voters to its side, saying such a thing would no longer be tolerated.
He said: “Our opponents have been going about telling people to vote for APGA for the senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly and vote for Jonathan where his name is written.
“We see this as deceit. They merely want to ride on the back of President Jonathan to win the other elections. We are prepared to win the forthcoming elections in Anambra State in its totality.”