Supplementary Elections: Okorocha Never Offered Us Money To Blackmail Ihedioha, REC Says Imo ACPN Guber Candidate
Contrary to the recent media report of calumny by the Horn Newspapers’ publication of April 15, 2015, alleging that the coalition of Imo governorship candidates were bribed by the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to bring to disrepute the characters of the PDP candidate, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Gabriel Adah, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) candidate in the race, Chief Angus Onuegbu Uzoamaka has debunked any involvement in such scam, describing it as scandalous threat to already built reputation and that of the governor in the state by some unscrupulous elements ahead of the April 25th supplementary governorship polls.
Addressing journalists, while refuting the allegation, as disseminated by the act of irresponsible journalism, Uzoamaka said that the truth of the matter underlies the fact also, that the coalition of governorship candidates only held an interactive session with the state governor for a truce, and the way forward for a hitch free supplementary election scheduled for April 25th in the state, as one of the candidates in the group (names withheld) suddenly, sneaked out to publish the malicious report with the aide of his stand-by media man, calculated at tarnishing the good image of Gov. Okorocha.
Also, informing that himself and other guber candidates in the meeting with Gov. Okorocha conceded to the idea of cancellation of the April 11, 2015 guber polls, which he said corroborated reports by the other political parties’ agents across the state during the election, Uzoamaka further noted that the election was a sham, as it exposed massive rigging hijacking of ballot materials, use off faceless, army and police, together with material and monetary inducement of voters by political parties candidates and machineries at the polls.
Expressing appreciation of the leadership virtues of Gov. Okorocha and the PDP candidate, Ihedioha as the duo of top most contenders appreciate other candidates in the race, the ACPN strongman, dissociated himself from the purported report, alleging that Gov. Okorocha made cash offer to group of governorship candidates to either rubbish Ihedioha or plot to remove the INEC-REC, Dr. Adah, let alone walk on the governor during the session.
Uzoamaka, however urged the Imo public to disregard the report as it is full of ruses and cooked up by some unscrupulous elements in the coalition group of guber candidates to heat up the polity, as well as, cause political unrest in the state ahead of the supplementary elections, even as he maintained that the ACPN continues to represent equity, justice and the rule of law for fair credible elections in the state. He pointed out that, if Imolites avowed Christians should choose to vote money and injustice, the state is doomed as all homes, communities. LGAs, zones and the entire Igbo nation would bear the brunt, positing though that as people of the state clamour for justice at the federal government level, the accusers are keeping watch.
The ACPN guber candidate, enjoined Imo people in rallying support for a hitch-free supplementary governorship elections in the state, as according to him, afresh one free of irregularities would serve a better purpose for Imolites.