APGA BEHIND IMO CRISIS
Movement for the Enhancement of Democracy in Nigeria has accused supporters of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) of fueling political crisis in Imo State.
The group was reacting to an advertorial in Daily Sun of May 3, 2011, sponsored by International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, which described as unconstitutional the plan by INEC to conduct a supplementary election in Imo State.
In a statement signed by Nze Emmanuel Njeka and Mr. Francis Nwogu, made available to Daily Sun, the group said as election observers, they were worried by the tendency of the leading opposition party in the state to raise political temperament.
The group accused APGA of raising the tension in the state by declaring itself when the election was adjudged inconclusive by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Akobundu.
It further accused APGA of orchestrating the attempt to set ablaze the Dreamland Hotel in Owerri, where some election materials and observers were lodging.
The group said the only way to resolve the electoral logjam in Imo State was to conduct the supplementary election in the four local government areas where elections did not hold.
It urged the electorate in the affected local government areas to come out en masse to vote on Friday, May 6.