Ughelli – The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sapele, Delta State, has rejected claims by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that the APC was behind the February 23, 2019 election day attack on voters by political thugs at Ward 9, Unit 15 in Amukpe, Sapele Local Government Area of the state, where two persons lost their lives in alleged attempt to snatch ballot box.
The party also urged security agencies to disregard PDP allegations that the attack was carried out by one APC chieftain, whose house was torched after the attack, asserting that this was a ploy to rig Ward 9, which has always been a stronghold of APC.
A press statement by the state APC chairman, Friday Erubasa, also urged security agencies to investigate what the two deceased persons: Michael Chibueze and Jeffrey Otevane, were doing at Unit 15 when they were not registered voters of the said unit.
The Sapele APC added that investigations had revealed that the two persons were PDP members who were allegedly recruited by two chieftains of the PDP (names withheld) and in PDP effort to cover up their track; they resolved to name the two persons as ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), even when the electoral body did not complained of losing anybody.
The APC also said the allegations that a candidate of the party, Moses Ogodo, partook in the killing, was an attempt to cover up an earlier report to the security agencies by the party’s candidate whose house was burnt after the incident.
“Moses Ogodo was never at the polling unit as he is a registered voter at Unit 12, ward 9 where he was on that day exercising his franchise”, he added.
The statement said the allegations are all as a result of the desperation of the two chieftains of the PDP who were afraid of Moses Ogodo’s popularity and fear of losing the ward.
The Sapele APC appealed to party members to be patient in the face of provocation, adding that all opposition plans to paint the party in bad light will be vehemently resisted