Uche Amaku, UPP image maker, Anambra State
United Progressive Party (UPP), has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC), of plotting to rig the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 18, 2017.
The publicity secretary of UPP in Anambra State, Mr Uche Amaku, made this allegation in a press statement issued to Fides in Awka.
Amaku said the plot by the APC was aimed at creating the false impression that the Igbo Nation had accepted the party and cited what he called the sudden influx of some People's Democratic Party (PDP) members in Anambra to APC, despite earlier describing APC as a Fulani Janjaweed party.
'As if that was not enough, the ruling party started the usual motions without movement on some infrastructure projects in the Southeast, all in a bid to convince NdIgbo that it means well for the zone; when in fact, it maintains its indifference to Southeast through lopsided appointments,' Amaku stated, further accusing APC members in the Southeast of keeping mum in the face of the frequent harassment and killing of their brethren by Fulani herdsmen.
He the recent meeting of leaders of the APC in Alor, Idemmili South Local Government Council of Anambra State had confirmed UPP's fears that APC was under pressure to capture Anambra State by all means during the November 18 governorship election.
Amaku alleged that the APC, in an exhibition of its level of contempt for Anambra State, assembled a high powered squad of election riggers and fugitives of the law as members of election planning and strategy committee, even as he noted that the eight-man committee, which had a near zero membership from Anambra State, was mandated to monitor the election environment in the state as regards the 2017 governorship election and advise the zone on the best ways and means of raising resources for the election.
'We in UPP are surprised that APC could not find an old member of the party worthy to be in the committee of riggers, but rather settled for an assembly of looters and political refugees that ran away from the anti-corruption searchlight being beamed on PDP.
'We therefore want to use this opportunity to warn these experienced electoral manipulators that UPP has set the machinery in motion to ensure that no illicit fund is used to finance the November governorship election,' the spokesman stated.
He warned APC against using Anambra State as a gateway for its political refugees to launder their loot, noting that the UPP had decided to lay good examples by ensuring that all funds for political activities passed through the bank accounts of the party in the wards, local governments and state chapters.
'We understand that the recent defectors to APC have been mandated to capture Anambra State as evidence that they are leading Ndi-Igbo to the party, but we can assure the political contractors and their principals that Ndi Anambra have decided to take their destiny into their hands,' the UPP said, warning that UPP's involvement in the election would dislodge the plans of mischief makers.