Abia Guber: Group Accuses 82 Division Soldiers Of Working For Otti, APGA

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A socio political group in Abia state, Movement for Abia Unity and Progress (MAUP) has accused soldiers of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army of working for the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia state, Dr. Alex Otti and other candidates of the party.
It alleged that soldiers chased away PDP agents in some polling units in Aba North and Aba South local governments and provided cover for APGA agents to manipulate results of the governorship polls.
The group who stated this in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Francis Eme and National Secretary, Chidiebere Ogbonna, respectively and made available to 247ureports.comin Umuahia, said the conducts of the soldiers was most embarrassing as they (soldiers) in most polling units in Aba, chase away PDP members and provided cover for APGA to manipulate the results of the polls at many collation centres.
“We are shocked at the activities of the some soldiers who were reported to be from 82 Division, Enugu, chasing away PDP agents to help APGA supporters manipulate elections. We recorded such incidents were soldiers stormed polling centres to chase away PDP supporters at Umuagbai, Ohabiam, Aba town hall in Aba south local governments and Umuola council hall, Ogbor council hall in Aba North, among other polling units. We are calling on the authorities of the 82 Division, Enugu to investigate the activities of these soldiers.
“During the final collation of results at the local government level, soldiers also sent out PDP agents from the collation. This is unbecoming of a group of soldiers sent to ensure orderliness at the polls, but chose to be partisan.”
The group also alleged that it got report of an encounter in Umuahia where a senior military officer (name withheld) confronted one of the soldiers asking why they came to work in Abia state without reporting to the Army authorities in the state.
“We are aware that the soldiers of the 82 Division Enugu sent n election duty in Abia state is working for the APGA governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, but we urge them to shun partisanship and be guided by the rules of their engagement which stipulates that soldiers must not be found at polling units except when  there is crisis.”
Attempts by our correspondent to get the reaction of the Director of Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Enugu, Col. Idris Gambo proved abortive as his mobile line could not be reached as at the time of filing this report.

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  1. okemini April 18, 2015 at 2:54 pm -

    Fellow abians,,time for change has com.it is about good governance no matter where U come from.Ngwa or no Ngwa, Abia must be truly liberated no more film tricks ok…….Alex otti all the way…

  2. Felix April 16, 2015 at 9:28 pm -

    Ikpeazu has no agenda except to cover his boss’s financial misdeeds in Abia state. All the same, if Abians want to continue to wallow in mis-governance and incompetence, then give them what they want; give them Okezie Ikpeazu.

    At least, they will not be able to blame it on OUK anymore.

  3. High Chief Innocent April 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm -

    Whatever Alex Otti like let him use, he cannot ascend that position. He claims to be Ngwa While he’s not. Only a bonafide Ngwa son like Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu can ascend this throne and survive it. It’s Ngwa turn to rule Abia state and NOTHING can stop it.

  4. Oge April 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm -

    Useless Story, I don’t understand why PDP is taking this Election to be a do or die affair. The people of Abia State does not want Ikpeazu to be their governor. They have made their choice so please let the masses voice be heard. Abia state want a change in Government and APGA is that Change through Alex Otti. God is interested in this Abia election. Be warned that anyone that formulates fake story and information in regards to this election will receive the wrath of God in him or her life and to his generation to come. Abia has been in bondage for a long time and need to be liberated and we must be liberated wheather PDP likes it or not.