By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI – GOVERNOR David Umahi of Ebonyi state Thursday alleged that some thugs were planning to bomb the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the thirteen local government areas headquarters in the state.
The Governor stated this during at a media briefing in Abakaliki ahead of Saturday 23rd election in the state.
The Governor who frowned at the outbreak of violence in some quarters in the state promised that perpetrators would be fished out and brought to book. He further condemned the act at Ikwo local government area where the vice chairman of the council, Mrs Regina Iteshi was attacked by hoodlums and objects inserted into her private part.
“I have also been told that there are plans to bomb lNEC local government headquarters offices. My major concern is that we have free and a fair election on Saturday. There were few things we noticed on 15th February that were not in the character of Ebonyi people.
“Inserting objects in the private parts of the vice chairman of Ikwo. Justice may be delayed, but the law must take its full course. Yesterday, I visited Izzi and saw the faces of defenceless father and mother whose son was killed, and their houses burnt down. All those who participated in the killing of the young man and burning of houses
will never go scot-free. Politicians are behind the killings and burning down of houses. My promise to all the victims, the young man
that was killed and other six others, all those behind it must be brought to book.
“I appeal there should be no reprisal attack. I have ordered that anybody that wants to kill our people should be shot at sight. People must be allowed to exercise their right and vote for whom they want to vote for. I promised that if there is not reprisal attack, after the election, I will start the process of rebuilding the burnt houses.
Lives of Ebonyians are very important to us than positions and election. And anyone that takes the lives of others such will follow them to their fifth generation. Ebonyians must be alert and demobilize anybody that is parading thugs with police escort.
“Let me also warn INEC. I learnt that certain political party wants to cancel election. That they will go from polling booth to another killing people. If you are INEC worker, discharge your duty according to the electoral law. I have asked the youths and Ebonyians to resist any INEC officials that wants to compromise. I learnt that collation officers are meeting, saying they nominate this and that.
“Let me also remind everybody involved in the election that the electoral act allows to bring to book anybody that erred. If you fail
to work by the rules, after the election, you will answer the breaches”. ends