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Politics of Wednesday, 8 November 2023


Imo 2023 Guber: Election may not hold as peace talk ends in disarray

The Imo gubernatorial poll has been slated for Saturday, November 11 The Imo gubernatorial poll has been slated for Saturday, November 11

An INEC-organised peace meeting before the Imo State governorship election ended in chaos in Owerri, the state capital, on Tuesday, November 7.

As reported by Punch, INEC's National Commissioner representing the South-East, Kenneth Ukeagu, ordered journalists to turn off their cameras and devices, leading to a disturbance.

During the interactive session, turmoil erupted as attendees, particularly traditional leaders, hastily left the venue due to opposition from members of the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party against Ukeagu's directive.

Trouble began when Ukeagu told journalists to switch off their equipment, a move contested by the Labour Party deputy governorship candidate, Tony Nwulu, who questioned its reasoning.

Opposition accuses APC of working with INEC to rig election

The opposition parties accused the APC of plotting with INEC to rig the election, leading to a heated exchange.

In the heat of the meeting, it was gathered that traditional rulers, party leaders, and electoral commissioners left the meeting, but it resumed later.

While the meeting resumed, the opposition parties insisted on removing the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sylvia Agu, whom they accused of favouring the APC.

The Labour Party leadership criticised the INEC for not removing Sylvia Agu despite opposition protests.

Subsequently, opposition governorship candidates left the meeting and called for Agu's immediate reassignment, accusing INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu of possible misconduct.

Nwulu, the LP candidate's running mate, suggested that if the Inspector General could transfer the state Commissioner of Police, INEC should do the same with Agu.

However, the APC state chairman, Ebere Macdonald, dismissed the opposition's claims as unsubstantiated.