The Abia State Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate, Okezie Ikpeazu, has dissociated himself from death threats made to voters in the state on Thursday morning.
Residents in Aba, on Thursday morning woke up to threats of death if they vote a candidate against the will of a section of the state, the Ngwa people.
The pictures circulated on social media showed caskets with inscriptions, “Vote against Nwga interest and die”.
One casket had pieces of red cloth tied around it with “sacred” palm fronds popularly known as “omu nkwu” in Igbo
Behind one of the caskets, there is also a campaign poster of the All Progressive Grand Alliance party candidate, Alex Otti,
of Ngwa ethnic stock.
Mr. Ikpeazu, who hails from Umuobiakwa in Isialaukwu Mbato Autonomous Community, through a statement signed by his personal assistant, Enyinnaya Appolos, said he did not issue such threats.
“Dr Okezie is by this means dissociating himself from such dastardly act, and also inform Abians and the general public that such is the handiwork of the opposition who have shown their desperations in various ways since the beginning of the governorship contest,” Mr. Appolos said.
Mr. Apollos urged all business people within the Aba community to go about their normal activities without fear of molestation.
“Dr. Okezie is however assuring Aba people who have always supported him not to be deterred by the intimidation from Alex Otti and his party, APGA, urging Ndi Aba and Abians in the wards and polling units where the supplementary election will hold on Saturday to come out and vote him as they did on April 11,” he said.
The Abia election was declared inconclusive by the state’s returning officer, Benjamin Ozumba.
Mr. Ozumba explained that the total number of registered voters in areas where elections did not hold or were cancelled was higher than the margin of difference between votes garnered by the candidate of the PDP and APGA, Messers. Ikpeazu and Otti.
The affected polling units are in some parts of Osisioma, Ugwunagbo, Aba North, Aba South, Isialangwa South, Isialangwa North, Umuahia North, Umuahia south, Ohafia Arochukwu and Umunneochi Local Government Areas. These area will on Saturday hold supplementary eections as stated by Independent National Electoral Commission.