We’ll respond to allegation in due course, says ruling
Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of razing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Orlu on Sunday.
The allegation was contained in a statement signed by the publicity secretary, Damian Opara yesterday.
But the APC said it was studying the accusation and would respond to it in due course.
Publicity secretary of APC in the state, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, told The Guardian, “Somebody just sent the statement. Let me read it. I will respond to it.”
They also called on security agencies to investigate the issue and deal with the culprits accordingly.
In the statement entitled ‘APC Must Take Responsibility for the Arson At INEC Headquarters, Orlu, the PDP stated, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State chapter, has viewed with utmost concern the fire outbreak that engulfed the INEC office in Orlu Council of Imo State on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
“The incident is a major characteristic of the APC reputed for brigandage, arson and other vices that have caused negative commentaries on the state in the last eight years.
“This is a sharp departure from the recent past, precisely the last seven months of the PDP led administration of Emeka Ihedioha, where the welfare and security of lives and property of citizens of the state were the hallmark.
“We believe strongly that the condemnable act is a desperate act by the APC in the state and its agents that seek to intimidate INEC and cajole the Supreme Court, as it is set to entertain the review of its judgement on the 2019 Imo governorship election.”
PDP referred to the recent comments by Governor Hope Uzodinma, accusing INEC officials in the South East of conniving with the PDP to upturn election results, as reason behind the arson.
“We call on the security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and should not hesitate to bring the perpetrators to book, no matter how highly placed, as such attack is an attack on our democracy,” the party added.