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Protesters block INEC office in Abia over alleged plot to rig polls

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Protesters numbering about 2000, Thursday, besieged the Umuahia headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over alleged plot to compromise Saturday’s governorship and house of assembly elections.

The protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Our Votes Must Count;” “INEC should not allow our votes to be rigged;” “We say no to rigging;” etc., vowed to vigorously resist any attempt to manipulate the polls results.

They warned INEC of the grave danger in any attempt to rig the elections, urging the electoral umpire to properly caution its officials and ad hoc staff.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Comrade Bright Nwachukwu, charged INEC to ensure that Abia votes count.

“We won’t tolerate any attempt to subvert the people’s will,” he fumed.

He further said: “On no account should we accept any electoral process that is fraudulent! We wouldn’t accept any missing election materials including ballot papers, BVAS machines, and result sheets.

“In the last election we heard that in some places results were written on duplicate sheets as INEC ad hoc staff claimed that they did not have the original copies. Such can’t be again!

“All we want is a free, fair and peaceful election. We expect a new dawn in Abia because if we miss it now our children will ask us questions.

“Let the parties allow Abians to decide who will govern them on Saturday.

“We don’t care what the government in power is planning to do. We can assure them that our eyes are open. We watch with eagle eyes.

“INEC should be allowed to do its job. Nobody will manufacturer results from anywhere again.

“We can see from the body language of some people that they are back to their familiar terrain of rigging.

“Already on the social media one of them is threatening to kill anybody that votes against PDP governorship candidate and fry his kidney. We want him prosecuted immediately.

“We also want to assure these agents of death that in as much as we are for peace, they should not forget that nobody has the monopoly of violence. Nobody is more Abian than the other.”

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