Voters who registered at the Umuorji Ohanze polling unit in Ward 7, Obingwa local government area of Abia state have accused former deputy governor, Chief Eric Acho Nwakanma of intimidating them to vote APGA candidates at the Governorship/ State Assembly polls.
In a chat with our correspondent who monitored the elections in the area, Mrs. Joy Nwagwu and Peter Alozie said the former deputy governor sat at the polling unit with his security aides insisting that any voter must cast his vote for APGA or leave the polling unit.
“Most of us were forced to for APGA against our wish. I came with my 5 friends; he asked us who we are going to vote for? When we didn’t reply, he warned that we must vote for APGA or go back to our house. Even when the ballot papers were given to us, he came to see who we will vote for. We had to comply because we didn’t want his problem.”
Nwagwu added she was surprised at the action of the two time ex deputy governor, having know him as a leading member of the PDP in the area.
A cross section of other voters at the polling unit told our correspondent that Nwakanma also warned them to vote APGA candidates or see his fury, but some of them refused and vote PDP
“At this polling unit, you must vote for Alex Otti for governor and Dr. Chidozie George for Obingwa East House of Assembly seat. I’m in charge here,” Nwakanma was quoted to have said.
A voter told 247ureports.com that as the time he left Nwakanma was still seated at the Umuorji Ohanze polling unit. He added that he counted about 305 votes for APGA to PDP 100 votes in the House of Assembly result for the polling unit
247ureports.com gathered that Nwakanma is an in law to the PDP candidate, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu who is married to his sister.
A PDP Chieftain who hails from the Ward told our correspondent on the condition of anonymity that the ex deputy governor has been aggrieved with the PDP since the December 8, PDP primaries. According to him, the PDP candidate, Ikpeazu has met severally with Nwakanma pleading for support, but the latter assured him only to renege at the last minute. He is reported not to have accompanied the Ikpeazu to campaigns anywhere.
The Chieftain further stated that Nwakanma openly mobilized his supporters for the Abia South senatorial candidate of the APGA, Chief Chris Nkwonta at the March 28 presidential and National Assembly polls.
All efforts to reach Nwakanma proved abortive as his mobile number kept ringing without response. However, one of his aides promised to get back to our correspondent, but never did as at the time of filing this report.
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