The Abia State government has petitioned the Chief of Army Staff, over the role played by his men in the April 11, 2015 inconclusive governorship election.
It accused soldiers led by one Lt-Col. Amusade of playing a partisan role during the aborted election.
Through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. A.C.B Agbazuere, the state government, said it was compelled to request the Army chief intervention, with a view to achieving transparency, in the governorship supplementary elections slated for tomorrow.
He said: On the said 11th April, 2015, your soldiers led by one Lt-Col. Amusade barred agents of our party- the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from entering the collation centers particularly at Aba town hall in Aba South Local Government Area of the state. The soldiers also chased away local government chairmen who are chief security officers of their local governments from observing, like others, collation of results at their local government collation centres. I had to personally call the Brigade Commander, Gen. Yusuf whose intervention restored normalcy and abated the looming crisis. We commend him sir.
“In another occasion, two soldiers were asked to and they did cock their guns pointedly at the Deputy Chief of Staff to Abia State Government, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya, who was properly designated as agent to the PDP House of Assembly candidate for Umuahia Central State Constituency. They also asked him out at the collation centre while allowing agents of other parties. The candidate himself, Chinedum Orji had to come before his agent was re-admitted by the Army.
“The Army today has a very high acceptability rate which must not be diminished by these men particularly Lt-Col. Amusade.
“We, therefore, most respectfully request, sir, that you intervene to ensure impartiality from your men.”
In another petition to INEC, the state government urged its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to stop the high level of injustice being meted to the PDP and her members.
The government said it had information that the opposition is planning to write results with the aid of the Army and connivance of some INEC officials.
Agbazuere said: “We cannot wait till 25th April, 2015 to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of such information given our experiences during the 11thApril, 2015 election, hence this petition to you, sir.
“We urge you to kindly treat this with utmost urgency and come over to Abia State and supervise the supplementary elections or send senior INEC officials in your stead as we no longer have confidence in the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Selina Okowho is from Dr. Alex Otti’s (APGA candidate) maternal home and the returning officer, Prof Benjamin Ozumba, whose University(i University of Nigeria, Nsukka) where he is Vice Chancellor, gave the APGA candidate honorary doctorate degree.”

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