The All Progressives Congress, APC, Enugu State Chapter, has threatened to withdraw from the March 9, elections, should the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, fail to produce all the original result sheets for the polls.
The State APC Chairman, Ben Nwoye, issued the threat at a Media briefing, in Enugu, on Thursday.
He alleged that the party has uncovered plans by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Emeka Ononamadu, to manipulate the election, through handing over the result sheets to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State.
The State Chairman, said that PDP Agents, led by a serving Senator from Enugu North Senatorial Zone of the State, and the party State Chairman, Mr. Augustine Nnamani, have taken full possession of all the sensitive electoral materials, at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Office, in Enugu.
He added that the PDP Leaders were removing the result sheets, before Policemen at the CBN, to various Council Areas, so as to make sure their party has its way, on Saturday.
Nwoye, who was accompanied by Barrister KGB Oguakwa, the Director-General of the Campaign Organisation of the APC Governorship Candidate in the State, Senator Ayogu Eze, also alleged that PDP Agents are enjoying unfettered access into the CBN, where the materials were deposited, but stern looking Policemen prevented his party Agents from gaining entrance to inspect the electoral sensitive materials meant for the election.
The APC State Chairman, further alleged that he was walked out of the CBN premises by Policemen, when he responded to distress calls from some of his party Agents.
“But to my utmost charging, the State Chairman of the PDP, Augustine Nnamani, was given a cushioned seat in an air-conditioned room inside CBN, while his members, including the serving Senator, were removing the electoral materials.”
Nwoye added that when he tried to find out from the State REC, why APC Agents were not allowed inside by Policemen, he was told that his Agents came late, a claim he said was false.
According to the APC boss in the State, the PDP Agents, masquerading as Agents of the numerous smaller parties, were all over the CBN having a field day, under the cover of INEC and Police, adding that, the Policemen even told him that they were acting on instruction from above.
With what transpired at the CBN, Nwoye therefore, came to the conclusion that it was obvious that the REC and the Police were already compromised by the PDP, as they were doing everything possible to satisfy their paymasters in the PDP.
He however, warned that unless the result sheets are produced by INEC, the APC would be left with no option, than to boycott the election on Saturday, declaring that democracy is under serious threat in the State.
He said: “We have moved away from vote-buying, to election and security buying. The REC is pretending to be fair, yet he is not fair. The Police is pretending to be fair, yet they are not fair.
“PDP claims they are popular. Why will they not allow the only strong alternative party to contest? This particular election, if it goes on this way, we will not participate”, Nwoye said.
Nwoye alleged “that a PDP Agent disguised as masked Security personnel, and when the mask was removed, he turned out to be a PDP card carrying member, describing the development as quite unfortunate.