The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has said that the present concocted stalemate over the outcome of the bye election in Oguta State Constituency in Imo State demonstrates the dangers Nigeria faces in 2015 if the collated results of just a single state assembly election is subjected to such drama as we are witnessing at present. It says that INEC is again allowing itself to be dragged into a selfish political profiteering business of one party at the expense of a free and fair process it is supposed to supervise, if it continues to hold on to the collated results under the guise of inconclusive election.
In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Joe Igbokwe, the party notes that although INEC has said the election is inconclusive, it failed to advance more reasons for declaring an election where results have been obtained and signed by duly vetted authorities in 201 out of 209 polling units as ‘inconclusive’. It said that INEC is still allowing itself to be tied to the vested interests of certain individuals in the ruling PDP at the expense of its own credibility, as the unnecessary stalemate over the Oguta State Assembly election is showing.
“We have been watching the unfolding events in Oguta local government with keen concern, as it points the way to what Nigerians should expect in 2015. We noted the heated build up to the election, which even led to the ambushing and attack on the convoy of the state Governor by PDP agents.
We read the yet unrefuted reports of how PDP chieftains like Senator Hope Uzodimma, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Mr. Goodluck Opia, among other chieftains of the PDP invaded Oguta on polling day with platoons of armed mobile policemen, arresting, detaining and molesting voters who took photographs of polling processes and efforts at shortchanging the voting process. We read how violence and all manners of intimidation were unleashed at innocent voters, eager to exercise their franchise by chieftains of the Imo State PDP with armed mobile policemen at their tow.