Ikpeazu holding INEC officials at gunpoint to announce fake results — Alex Otti
The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Abia state, Dr Alex Otti, has accused the governor of Abia state, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu, of holding the Electoral Officer in charge of Obingwa and the Local Government Collation Officer hostage, forcing them to announce fake results in favour of the candidate of his party, Mr Okey Ahaiwe.
Alex Otti who spoke through his media and publicity secretary, Ferdinand Ekeoma, said that Ikpeazu invaded the Obingwa Local Government Area Collation Centre in company of dozens of security agents from different security agencies to bully INEC officials into submission with the sole aim of forcing them to start counting the fake ballots.
He also alleged that Ikpeazu has perfected plans to also force them to announce the outcome at gunpoint.
While alerting INEC and the people of Abia State over the criminal plots of Ikpeazu, he however, noted that attempt by the PDP governor to steal the mandate freely given to him by the people for Okey Ahaiwe is already dead on arrival.
The statement reads, “After seeing the Labour Party governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti attain unsaleable lead in the Abia state governorship election held on Saturday 18th March, 2023, Abia state government and the PDP went rogue, unleashing violence in different parts of the state in a bid to scare away voters and create an atmosphere of anarchy that would pave the way for false declaration of Okey Ahaiwe as governor by all means possible.
“To actualize this, the PDP led government has in the last 24 hours held the Electorial Officer in charge of Obingwa and the LGA Collation Officer respectively hostage for refusing to announce the Fake Obingwa Results that were written, snapped and uploaded into the BVAS, unfortunately for governor Okezie Ikpeazu, his plot is doomed on arrival this time around, because he is confronting a people so brave and so determined to defeat a group of people and a system designed to destroy Abia and Abians.
“Just about an hour ago, governor Ikpeazu violently stormed the Obingwa LGA Collation Centre in company of dozens of securty agents from different security agencies. This invasion by the governor was obviously to cause the innocent electoral officers psychological trauma and get them to succumb to his threat and intimidation. Of course, they were bullied to a point of submission and forced to start counting the Fake ballots, with the intention of getting them to announce the outcome at gunpoint.
“These electoral officers were surrounded by thugs and denied the opportunity to move outside the area against their will.
“It is Important to put Security Agencies, INEC officials in Abia and at the national, as well as Abians and indeed, the entire nation on notice that under no circumstance will Okezie Ikpeazu and his allies succeed in stealing the mandate unanimously given to Dr. Alex Otti and Labour Party by Abians. For the avoidance of doubt, I emphatically wish to state again that, under NO CIRCUMSTANCE will Okezie Ikpeazu be allowed to steal the mandate given to Alex Otti and Labour Party by Abians; NEVER!
“Dr. Alex Otti wishes to reassure Abians, that the election has been collectively won by all Abians, so they should not be perturbed by Okezie Ikpeazu’s vicious attempt to steal the mandate for Okey Ahaiwe, because the attempt is dead on arrival.”