By Henry Ojelu
The Oganihu Youths organization in Abia State has raised alarm over alleged compromised position of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Abia State.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Ndudim Elekwachi and Secretary Okezie Johnson, the group alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Abia State, would have massively rigged the election in favour of their various candidates, if the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC did not postpone the elections.
The group alleged that about ninety percent of names of Returning Officers and Ad Hoc workers of the body for the Presidential and National Assembly Election were names submitted by PDP in Abia State.
It pointed out that former Commissioner of Finance under T.A. Orji and the current provost, Arohukwu College of Education, Dr Philip Nto is among those chosen by INEC to work as Collation or Returning Officer.
The group further alleged that as if that was not enough, an aide to the Governor, namely Mr Chinenye Nwaogu was fingered by one Mr Felix Obisike from Nsulu a Village in Isiala Ngwa North, LGA of ABIA State as the one who wrote the results of both the presidential and National Assembly members election results from the three senatorial zones in the state a day before the election.
The group said: “Mr Obisike was caught around the Methodist Church area in Umuahia following information given to some political party officials, near the APC”s office. Obisike who claimed to be a beneficiary of N-Power, a federal government empowerment program said that he works with the focal person of the program, Mr Chinenye Nwaogu.
“This young man had several other documents in his bag, including the letter head of the office of the governor of ABIA State as well as already prepared results of the presidential and senatorial elections from the three senatorial zones in the state with INEC headed paper. He heaped the blame of the written results on his boss, Chinenye Nwaogu. He has been handed over to the office of the DSS for proper interrogation, investigation and prosecution. We believe that the DSS will arrest the SA to Abia State Governor on N-Power Mr Chinenye Nwaogu for interrogation and prosecution.
“More worrisome is a lady who was caught with over ten thousand PVCs in her honda car in the State and upon interrogation she confessed that she is working for the current Senator of Abia Central who was the former governor of the State. She was handed over to the Commissioner of Police in the belief that she will be properly interrogated and prosecuted for the heinous crime.”
The Group said that in the light of these revelations and happenings, they have lost confidence on the integrity of INEC in Abia State to conduct a free, fair and credible election in the State.
They therefore demand a redeployment of the REC to another State or at worst the change of the names of the INEC workers that will supervise the 2019 General Election in ABIA State.
They promised to resist the conduct of the election in Abia for the 2019 General Election if INEC at the national headquarters does not take heed to these suggestions and want to go ahead with the conduct of the elections next Saturday with those compromised names of supervisory and collation officers.