The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, yesterday took a swipe on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state for raising the alarm on deregistration of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state.
The APC accused the PDP of being responsible for double registration of voters in the state, resulting in de-registration of 621 polling units. The state PDP Chairman, Mr. Vita Abbah, had last week raised the alarm of the deregistration, accusing INEC of connivance with some politicians in the state to cause the error.
But the APC Chairman in the state, Dr. Ben Nwoye, in a press briefing yesterday, challenged Abbah to a debate for PDP to prove how INEC was culpable in the error. Nwoye wondered how PDP, which he said had been the sole beneficiary from the instrumentality of power, should seek to drag INEC to court on an error allegedly perpetuated by the PDP.
Nwoye said: “In 2011, the PDP benefitted from massive rigging, it encouraged double registration because they invited people living outside Enugu State to come back and register and those people went back to their residences to register again. “The PDP never understood biometrics and they have caused us this harm or does Vita Abbah want INEC to use analogue voters register?
They (PDP) connived and had multiple registration and now the cry wolf.” The APC boss cited Amuri ward in Nkanu West Local Government where he said that the two polling units affected by the deregistration were dominated by the PDP. He gave INEC a clean slate saying, “we now have a most credible INEC. PDP are fraudsters.
Vita Abbah should understand it’s not about PDP and I wonder why they should insinuate that Senator Ike Ekweremadu was responsible for the error. “They are like people that cheated in WASC examination; unfortunately we have to leave with the effect of malpractice.”