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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Anambra supplementary poll: APC out to cause mischief – PDP chairman

*PDP, APC agents present at polling booths
By Tony Edike
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, Prince Ken Emeakayi has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of causing mischief and deceiving Nigerians.
Emeakayi spoke with Journalists at Akpkogwe polling booth Ogidi ward 1 where he had gone to observe the supplementary election.
He said that despite APC’s call on voters to boycott the election, the party has agents in all the polling units.
He said the APC used the same deceitful tactics to defeat other parties at the election in Obosi on Sunday.
“I am impressed with the level of preparedness of the INEC; they started early enough, the materials arrived on time in all the polling units except one unit, it arrived there at almost 10 am.
“We must have to say that the exercise is going on very well; however, I want to use the same opportunity to commend the Inspector General of Police for the level of security on ground in every polling booth; and every part of this area is well secured. So far, so good, there is no report of violence anywhere”
 ”The PDP was not happy with the Director General of our campaign when he called for a boycott because this place is supposed to be PDP stronghold, so most of our members didn’t get the second message that they must come out to vote; they relied on the earlier call by the DG of our campaign.
“And from what you can see in all the polling units, what we said earlier has been confirmed that APC is only out to cause mischief; they are only trying to deceive Nigerians; while they are out there saying they are not participating, APC agents are everywhere, including this polling unit.
“In fact, yesterday night, (Friday) the APC mobilized people through radio announcement and they were going around with vehicles, motorcycles and town criers, asking their voters to come out and vote for them”.
Three chieftains of APGA, Dr Philip Atanmuo, Chief Ivy Ifeatu Obiokoye and Chief Eric Eboh, who also spoke at the polling booth, expressed satisfaction with the arrangements made by INEC, as well as, the level of participation by voters in the affected areas.
At most of the polling booths in Idemili local government, agents of the APC, PDP and APGA were seen while voters were trickling in to be accredited.
Unlike the November 16 election, voters’ turnout was low as few persons were accredited as at press time.
The supplementary election is holding in 210 polling units in 16 local government areas of the state.
Soldiers mounted roadblocks along major roads within Idemili LGA near the commercial city of Onitsha which has the highest number of voters in the state. SOURCE

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