PDP accuses Okorocha, APGA of violence, manipulation of Oguta election result

Rochas Okorocha

The PDP claimed it was leading in the election.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has berated the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, over what it described as a persistent desperate attempt to truncate the wish of the people in the recent Imo State Assembly re-run election; describing the governor’s actions as “shamelessly undemocratic”.

The ruling party said it was unfortunate that Mr. Okorocha deployed thugs whose violent activities disrupted elections in parts of the constituency when he discovered that the PDP was in a clear lead.

The PDP Acting National Publicity Secretary, Tony Okeke, in statement on Wednesday said the attempt by the governor and his party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, to allegedly rig the election and the subsequent effort to unilaterally declare an election result even after the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared same inconclusive, is a window into the disposition of the opposition to free and fair elections.

“The Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha needs to urgently retrace his steps; advise himself and halt this rapid, rabid descent into barefaced dictatorship. Unfortunately and shamefully too, authoritarianism is fast nibbling away the hard won democracy in the Eastern Heartland, with Okorocha furiously dancing naked to this macabre beats with his two ears shut,” the statement said.

The statement added that it was only desperation that could force a sitting governor to run from pillar to post, ‘ridiculing himself’ and his office with “cooked election results”.

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“The governor’s attempt to browbeat the alertness of the people of Oguta and force INEC to shirk its responsibilities failed woefully. Understandably, INEC had in a statement today expressed huge ‘disappointment at the culture of thuggery, intolerance and unruly conduct’ of APGA at the elections.

The PDP also claimed that the successive Oguta re-run election in which it has
continued to show electoral superiority despite intimidation and various acts of violence by the APGA led Imo State Government is a clear indication of the acceptance of the party in Imo state and Nigeria in general.

It advised the Imo Governor and the opposition to take a cue from President Goodluck Jonathan whose stand on bequeathing a legacy of credible elections must be supported by all; adding that democracy can only gain firm footing in the country with the cooperation
of leaders at all levels.

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