Abia State government has accused the Labour Party governorship candidate in the state, Dr. Alex Otti of attempting to hijack the official functions of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and making efforts to announce fake results.
The state was among the 28 states where governorship elections took place on Saturday.
The state government in a statement on Sunday signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Barr. Eze Chikamnayo said Otti is turning around the accuse other political parties of perpetrating the criminal activities being carried out by Labour Party and its agents.
He said Otti used the military apparatus to oppress and subjugate other political party agents, stating that the government has uncovered plans by Otti to attack government institutions and officials.
The statement read in part, “Government has observed with dismay an attempt by unscrupulous politicians especially Mr Alex Otti and his Labour Party to hijack the official functions of the Independent National Electoral Commission and arrogate to themselves the illegal role of self appointed umpires in an election in which they are mere participants.
“We have also observed that Mr Alex Otti ‘s Strategy is to turn around and accuse other political parties of the criminalities being perpetrated by the Abia Labour Party and it’s agents as a decoy to deceive unsuspecting members of the public.
“For example, in various Locations across the State, the glaringly desperate Mr Alex Otti used massive military apparatus to oppress and subjugate agents of other political parties and churn out fake results and outrageous figures.
“Interestingly, hours before the collation of results even began in various Local Governments, Mr Alex Otti and his media agents were already planting and publishing fake results using unprofessional and conniving with national television outlets and social media platforms. This flagrant disregard for the electoral laws, the Constitutional provisions and decency which has now become a trademark of desperare Mr Alex Otti is a preemptive tactics with very devilish underlying motives .
“The Security Agencies are hereby put on red alert as Government has uncovered very credible information that Mr Alex Otti is actively plotting to attack Government Establishments, INEC Offices and other Government Officials and their families in the style of the despicable Invasion of the United States Parliament by a defeated Presidential Candidate.
“The Abia State Government is duty bound to protect the lives and property of it’s citizens and will not leave any stone unturned in this regard.
“All well meaning Abians are urged to remain peaceful and allow the INEC to peacefullly conclude it’s Constitutional Duties. We must all arise and resist the brigandage of Mr Alex Otti and his paid Agents in the interest of peace and prosperity of our Dear State. “