C'River PDP Wants Bribery, Abduction Allegations Against Labour Party Probed
SAN FRANCISCO, April 04, (THEWILL) – Barely few days to the governorship and state assemblies elections, the Cross River State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) has asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abba, to investigate allegations that the Labour Party ( LP ) sponsored the thugs that invaded the collation centre for Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency and abducted some electoral officers in a failed bid to stall the collation of results in that election.
The PDP in a statement issued in Calabar and signed by its Secretary, Mr Goddy Etta, also wants an investigation into the relationship between the Labour Party candidate for the federal constituency, Chief Alex Egbuna and Prof Emmanuel Duru, the Returning Officer in that election.
Etta said an investigation has become imperative following allegations that the Labour Party candidate did not only influence the posting of the said Returning Officer to his Constituency, but also allegedly offered him bribe so that he would not collate the results of the election once it became apparent that he was losing the election.
”During the invasion of the collation centre by the Labour Party thugs, one of the electoral officers, Maxwell Eba, made a lucky escape and has since granted interviews to several national dailies. In his own account of what happened, Eba said as the results were being collated, Labour Party agents at the centre were seen making phone calls.
“Not long after making the phone calls, these agents suddenly disappeared from the centre. And within a twinkle of an eye, the centre was invaded by thugs, who abducted at least three electoral officers,” Etta said.
Ettah said his party, therefore wants the incident investigated and those found culpable brought to book.
The PDP also decried what it described as the desperate antics of the Labour Party candidate for Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency, Egbuna, whom it said, is bent on discrediting the outcome of the elections by inventing lies, including simulating a scene of alleged thumb-printing of ballot papers in favour of PDP candidates.
“You can't imagine the desperation of Alex Egbuna. We are aware that he has even gone to the extent of simulating a scene to make it look like INEC officials thumb-printed for our candidates.
“For instance, he contacted some journalists in the state to come and record the drama they were acting and present to the world as what transpired during the election. In his unbridled desperation and deceit, he even caused to be broadcast via scroll bar alleged inconclusive conduct of the poll in Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency. This was in gross contravention of the INEC guideline that the electoral umpire was the only statutory body required to make public results or matters pertaining to the poll.
“But upon realising that it was misled, the TV station swiftly yanked off the news scroll bar. However, one of the journalists, a reporter working with a credible television station, declined their millions for the hatchet job as her conscience wouldn't allow her,” Etta further alleged.