Just in: APC protests in Enugu, calls for removal of REC as INEC says blackmail can’t stop polls

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– Ben Nwoye, the chairman of the party in the state, accused the state REC, Emeka Ononamadu, of bias
– But the INEC said no amount of intimidation or blackmail would make INEC Enugu to lose sight in conducting the election on Saturday
The chairman of the Enugu state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ben Nwoye, on Thursday, March 7, led supporters of the party to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in the state, demanding the removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner Emeka Ononamadu over alleged bias.
Leakblast reporter in Enugu, Jude Mba, reports that Nwoye, who came in company of the party’s flag bearer in the Saturday, March 9 gubernatorial election, Senator Ayogu Eze, accused the REC of masterminding the stealing of some electoral materials from the CBN where they were kept and not allowing them to inspect sensitive materials.
Nwoye called on the REC to tender his resignation letter or face stiff opposition in the Saturday’s election.
He called on the national chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu and other relevant authorities to facilitate the removal of Ononamadu as the state REC.
Reacting to the claim by APC, Ononamadu has said that no amount of intimidation or blackmail against the commission would stop the conduct of gubernatorial and state House of Assembly election on Saturday, March 9.
Ononamadu stated this while briefing journalists shortly after the APC members led by its chairman, Ben Nwoye, embarked on a protest with a call on cancellation of the Saturday election accusing the REC of being biased.
Ononamadu said: “No amount of intimidation or blackmail will make INEC Enugu to lose sight in conducting the election on Saturday. Our election is not negotiable, it’s going ahead and we are ready to conduct free, fair and credible election.
We will not sit down and watch any individual’s right to be trample on. We must protect right of our people, protect our democracy and protect our country so credible election must take place in Enugu.
We must all know that power belong to the people so the people determines who will govern them so we are behind people of Enugu.
Earlier during the protest, Nwoye accused INEC of stopping them from inspecting sensitive materials, adding that the commission gave permission to PDP to access the materials at CBN.
He vowed that APC would not allow election to hold in the state, saying, “we will not allow election to hold in Enugu because we are not sure if INEC will deliver credible election in Enugu.
On the update for the preparedness of INEC, Ononamadu, disclosed that the commission has moved the election materials to INEC area offices in all the 17 local government area of the state.
Ononamadu who disclosed that refresher training of supervisory presiding officers is ongoing, stated that ad hoc staff refresher training and head count would commence tomorrow, Friday, March 9, by 6am.
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