The governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi on Thursday alleged that there were plots by political thugs imported into the state by desperate politicians to bomb offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) across the thirteen local government areas’ headquarters in the state.
Umahi made this known while briefing journalists in Abakaliki during in a live broadcast that took place at the Exco chambers of the government house ahead of the Saturday poll, saying: “I have also been told that there are plans to bomb lNEC local government headquarters offices.”
The governor frowned at the outbreak of violence, characterised by burning houses and killings of persons at Mkpuma Akpatakpa in Agbaja community in Izzi local government area, promising that perpetrators would be fished out and brought to book.
He further condemned the act at Ikwo local government area where the vice chairman of the council, Mrs Regina Iteshi, was attacked by hoodlums with objects inserted into her private part. He promised that the perpetrators must be punished.
“My major concern is that we have free and a fair election on Saturday. There were few things we noticed on 15th February that were not in the character of Ebonyi people.
“Inserting objects in the private parts of the vice chairman of Ikwo. Justice may be delayed, but the law must take its full course. Yesterday, I visited Izzi and saw the faces of defenceless father and mother whose son was killed, and their houses burnt down.
“All those who participated in the killing of the young man and burning of houses will never go scot free. Politicians are behind the killings and burning down of houses. My promise to all the victims, the young man that was killed and six others, all those behind it must be brought to book.
“I appeal there should be no reprisal attack. I have ordered that anybody that wants to kill our people should be shot at sight.
“People must be allowed to exercise their right and vote for whom they want to vote for. I promised that if there is not reprisal attack, after the election, I will start the process of building the burnt houses.
“Let me also warn INEC. I learnt that certain political party wants to cancel election. That they will go from polling booth to another killing people. If you are INEC worker, discharge your duty according to the electoral law.
“I have asked the youths and Ebonyians to resist any INEC officials that wants to compromise. I learnt that collation officers are meeting, saying they nominate this and that.
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