The police command in Abia state has said that it was not aware of the alleged arrest of a man in unlawful ownership of election materials, including written result sheets for the botched presidential and National Assembly elections.
The spokesman for the command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Saturday that he merely read the report of the arrest in a social media system.
He said, “ From our end here, we do not have such report. I only read the report in the social media. ”
He was reacting to the allegation by Mr Benedict Godson, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia that a protection agency arrested and “ are in custody” of a man in possession of more than 500 written results.
Godson said that the suspect had been held by security operatives.
He said that the party was not comfortable with the activities of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Doctor Joseph Iloh.
He accused Illoh of bias and demanded that “ he should strive to be neutral and not one-sided. ”
He alleged that there was a conspiracy between the REC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to stop APC impending electoral success.
“ We pray that God will touch the REC’ s heart to play the game according to the rule.
“ We furthermore appeal to REC and PDP to stop the conspiracy and allow a free, fair and credible election, ” Godson said.
He said that THIS would not accept any election results that was not signed by the party’ s agents for the polls.
He appealed to the police as well as other security agencies in the state to do the needful to ensure that the elections were peaceful and credible.
Reacting, the Publicity Secretary associated with PDP, Chief Don Ubani, dismissed the allegation, saying that the party had no plans to rig any elections in the state.
Ubani said that he had earlier issued a statement accusing the REC of withholding the result sheets.
He, therefore , wondered why APC would certainly turn around to allege that the party and PDP were in a conspiracy to rig the polls.
Attempts made to get the reaction of the particular REC were unsuccessful as he was said to be “ very busy” to attend to newsmen on the issue.
He also could not pick phone calls place across to him.
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