The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is accusing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sabotaging the investigation of a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over his alleged illegal possession of card readers.
During a press briefing at the party’s secretariat on Sunday in Uyo, the state capital, the APC alleged that the PDP is mounting pressure on the police to kill the matter involving the INEC staff identified as Ejike Nwankwo who was arrested by the Akwa Ibom State police command over possession of some card readers in the trunk of his car.
In a press statement issued by the Chairman of the party, Mr Ini Okopido, the party said; “This press conference is called to update you on the recent arrest by the police of an INEC staff for illegal possession of some card readers used in the last elections.
“As you are aware, earlier this week the Akwa Ibom State police command paraded a staff of INEC, Mr. Ejike Nwankwo, who was arrested with some card readers in the trunk of his car.
“These card readers, we understand, were some of those used during the last general elections. We believe that the card readers found with Mr. Nwankwo were some of those pre-loaded card readers used in rigging the elections in favour of the PDP and Udom Emmanuel.
“Why are Akwa Ibom State government officials and PDP chieftains in the state piling pressure on the police to kill this matter? They are putting pressure on the police, so that it shows that the matter did not exist,” he said.
“We wish to thank the police for their diligence and hard work in making this arrest which has undoubtedly brought to the fore dubious machinations of INEC under Mike Igini, the REC.
“We thank God that the Nigerian police is up-to-date and we believe that they will do their investigations unravel the circumstances of the illegal possession of those devices.
“We request the police to get to the bottom of this stranger-than-fiction drama,” he added.
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