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Allow S/East to elect their leaders, Umeh urges Jonathan

Posted: Apr 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue Correspondent, Awka


Against the backdrop of use of the military and the police to manipulate March 28, 2015 Presidential and National Assembly election result in the South Eastern states, the national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to allow the people to elect those who will represent then in Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly election.

Umeh who accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in the South East of betraying Jonathan in the election “by concentrating in their own election and abandoning the President at the polls” said Jonathan owes Igbo people the honour to elect their Governors and members of the House of Assembly who will represent them at the Parliament.

How President Jonathan will do this is by not deploying security agents to truncate the outcome of the election as he did on March 28, “now that he is not running and having been deceived by PDP imperialists into believing that once soldiers and police are deployed to the polling units he would win that election and despite that betrayed him.

In an interview with Daily Independent in Awka yesterday, Umeh said there is fear of a grand plan to write the Governorship and House Assembly election results in Abia because of fear of APGA candidate, Dr. Alex Oti.

“So, now that President Jonathan is not running, he should allow Igbos to elect their choice by providing a level playing ground. Jonathan having seen the perfidy of deploying soldiers as he did in the Presidential election must withdraw them”, he said.

Umeh regretted the events of March 28, saying that “the South East was not part of the election because there was a pre-determined Marshall plan to have false result announced”.

“What happened is despicable and an erosion of the dignity of Igbo people”, he said.

Umeh, however, warned that Card Reader should not fail again, adding: “if card reader fails again, Jega will be seen as a co-collaborator in marring elections in the South East.

“I know that PDP caused the failure of card readers so that the South East will be used as a swing zone”. Umeh said that his party shall request for a probe of elections of March 28 and that what anybody did in the South East must be accounted for.

“Why did all the card readers fail? Why did soldiers play the role they played in Igboland? Card readers must not fail as they did on March 28. Jega must have rectified the problem by now”, he said.

He said that he has already telephoned the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to tell him that Igbos do not hate him. He added; “I told Buhari that the Igbo do not hate him; that Igbos