By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Security Agencies and other federal government establishments who will participate in the Anambra State governorship election slated for Saturday next week, to be nonpartisan and ensure that the electoral guidelines, rules and regulations are strictly adhered to the letters.
In a statement issued yesterday by the APGA National Director of Publicity, Ifanacho Oguejiofor, the party tasked the federal agencies to provide an even playing field for the 37 political parties participating in the forthcoming election.
“APGA also demands from them a credible poll, to make sure that every vote counts and for the electorate to be the ultimate decider of who wins the election”, the party said in the statement.
More so, it implored the electoral ad hoc staff and security not to give in to anti- democratic agents and negative reactionary forces whom it said are “moving about with their filthy lucre, seeking the connivance of willing hands to conspire against our fledging democratic ethos, produce fake electoral materials, engender crisis in order to compromise the voting process, manipulate the collation of results, undermine the emergence of the popular choice of the Anambra people and invalidate the genuine outcome of the election.”
At this point, it advised those it described as ‘purveyors of electoral malfeasance and brigandage’ whom he alleged are already neck-deep and hell bent on rigging the election to have a rethink.
“Repent and jettison the unwholesome, diabolical and untenable idea because with the high level of political consciousness created by the party, the traditional and the modern media, such will never be tolerated by people of Anambra State, Nigerians and the apostles of democratic principles and norms across the world. However, it is a common axiom that he who sows grave whirlwind will generally reap momentous windstorm”, the party said in the statement.
Also, APGA said no matter the dastardly scheming and evil plots of some unscrupulous political elements, the party is neither worried nor perplexed, especially bearing in mind that the party is dear to the people like a co-joined twins that are inseparable.
“The party urges the people of Anambra to turn out en masse for the election without any atom of fear and make a loud and unmistakable statement by voting their own; the chosen All Progressives Grand Alliance and its Standard Bearer; and thereafter, be vigilant and protect their votes from the hawks hovering around and within the state, with their sugar coated tongues, self-deceptive empty promises, to confuse the gullible and have the opportunity to perch on the state and its treasury, to destroy its cherished heritage, devour the secured common patrimony, leave it in carcass and return it to the days of anomie and disorderliness”, the party said.
Meanwhile, the statement said a good mark of appreciation and reward to APGA and its candidate for an excellent, selfless and dedicated service to the people, is to renew the mandate to the party and its candidate, for a second tenure.