Abia LGA Election Is An Insulting Charade - APGA

By Factnews on 22/12/2016

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)  Abia State wishes to once again distance its self and members from what can best be described as an insulting charade being perpetrated by the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) in conjunction with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called LGA election. 
APGA deems it most expedient to remind ABSIEC,  their rigging collaborators, and indeed all peace loving Abians and APGANS all over Nigeria that there are presently three suits pending at the Federal High Court Umuahia and Abuja respectively, and that the Court Processes were duly  served on ABSIEC before now. 
Again APGA wrote a letter as well as issued Press Releases  notifying the ABSIEC Chairman, Justice Igbozuruike Akomas and his commission of the pending suits and the need to stay action on the proposed election  to avoid criminal charges being pressed against them,  yet they remained determined to indulge in this provocative illegality. 
Also one of the political parties got an interim junction restraining ABSIEC from going ahead with the said LGA election, unfortunately ABSIEC and their collaborators in their usual lawless manner called the bluff of both the courts and the political parties, not minding the obvious legal consequences. 
For the avoidance of doubt,  the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) being the most popular and acceptable political party in Abia State with intimidating grassroots support,  showed her willingness to take part in the Local Government Election which of course the party and her supporters had clamoured for a long time, unfortunately ABSIEC being a shadow of the PDP started from day one to frustrate their nemesis(APGA) and other political parties with questionable actions and utterances that were clearly illegal and undemocratic.
To avoid being caught in its numerous acts of illegality,  ABSIEC cunningly avoided all forms of written correspondences while dealing with the political parties and only relied on radio announcements via the state owned radio station, the BCA, and on two occasions put up stage managed meetings with pre-meditated decisions. 
ABSIEC announced  Monday,  the 31st day of October,2016 as deadline for the submission of list of Candidates for the LGA election, and in spite of appeals from APGA and other opposition political parties for a shift in date to enable for better arrangements on the side of the political parties , ABSIEC insisted that there would be no adjustment.  Less than 24 hours to the deadline, APGA made another enquiry from ABSIEC if they were going to shift the deadline, but their response was in the negative, and knowing that ABSIEC had laid a dangerous  trap for APGA and her candidates, we hurriedly submitted the list of our Candidates, on the 31st October. And less than 24hours after APGA's submission, ABSIEC swiftly convened an emergency meeting where it announced a new deadline of 11th November  for submission,  leaving APGA heavily cheated. 
If it were in a sane society, APGA would be the only Political Party taking part in the LG election, because when APGA was conducting it's primaries peacefully and openly, the PDP and their agents who ABSIEC desperately wants to satisfy were busy maiming and killing as witnessed in Isialangwa North, and thus prevented them from meeting up with the deadline.  Unfortunately ABSIEC didn't stop at their illegal extension of submission deadline, the commission acted fraudulently by withdrawing the list submitted by APGA, claiming to have gotten a letter from an unauthorized APGA official and asked the party to re-submit, all in a bid to legitimize the illegal list PDP was going to submit outside the original deadline. This act clearly violated the provisions of the 2010 electoral act as amended, and exposed ABSIEC as a dangerously biased commission determined to read a badly written script. To prepare grounds for PDP  rigging agents, ABSIEC announced that the results of the Chairmanship seats would be announced a day after the election, at the various LGA headquarters controlled by PDP thugs, objections to this were rebuffed. 
Although the Card Reading machine has not been integrated in the electoral act, but INEC has continued to use it to conduct all its election because it gives room for some sanity and tames election riggers, unfortunately ABSIEC found it unworthy to be mentioned in its election because of its anti people agenda. 
The climax of ABSIEC's inexplicable absurdity was her unjustifiable decision not to ensure the revalidation and display of the voters register before talking about election as expressly required by the 2010 electoral act as amended. This lawless act leaves tens of thousands of young Abia voters disenfranchised as the voters register was last updated in 2014.
The fact that a commission chaired by a retired judge chose to be so political and lawless in its conducts shows how determined the PDP led government have remained in their nihilistic quest to completely sink Abia and make it remain an object of caricature in the comity of states. 
Finally APGA wishes to remind Justice Akomas and his commission who have displayed unbridled hate and hostility against APGA and their leaders just because salient questions were and are being asked concerning the election, that APGA will do any thing legally possible to ensure that the present insult on the sensibilities of Abians does not stand.
Rev. Augustine Ehiemere State Chairman, APGAAbia State.


Posted on December, 22 2016

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