As the people of Imo north senatorial district await the outcome of Chief Athan Achonu’s petition against the election of Distinguished Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, as Senator for the zone, youths from the area have expressed worry over alleged plans by the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Chief Athan Achonu to tender fake results, as well as, hoodwink Judges, ahead of resumption of tribunal proceedings by the reconstituted panel .
The youths under the auspices of Progressive Okigwe Youths for Good Governance (OYGG), in a statement disclosed that its intelligence reports objectively suggests that the PDP candidate is intensifying efforts to hand twist the Judiciary with media blackmail, as well as, perfect a calculated criminal plot of tendering fake result sheets written by him, to the newly reconstituted panel.
According to the leader of the group, Barr. James Nwaosu, concrete plans have been perfected by the PDP candidate to influence the outcome of the election petition by compromising some of the Judges and submitting locally printed result sheets to deceive the Election petition tribunal.
He wondered why Chief Achonu who claimed in his latest interview to be the Apex leader of his party(PDP), in Imo state, would go this far to produce locally manufactured result sheets that was printed for him in Ikeja lagos state, as authentic results for the concluded election, just to deceive members of the Imo north National Assembly election petition tribunal, in an election adjudged to be the most fairest and credible in the history of the zone, adding that people of the zone would vehemently resist plans by those he described as enemies of Okigwe zone to perpetually keep the people in political bondage.
He further called on the people of the zone to remain vigilant and prayerful too, assuring that the judiciary would not be swayed by the antics of desperate politicians who wants the judiciary to be at their beck and call, vis a vis putting them on notice before the constitution of tribunal panels, as well as, its disbandment because they feel they have money and contacts in the high places as they claim.
The statement reads: “It is indeed highly disturbing that enemies of our people are at it again. Information reaching us indicates that Chief Athan Achonu and his group, have perfected plans to locally print fake result sheets, doctor them with imaginary figures and try to hoodwink the tribunal into believing that same was the outcome of the election which he failed”.
“This is however ostensibly why Achonu has made all kinds claims in the media concerning the results sheets which he claimed are in his possession, as well as, his reason for declaring the disbandment and reconstitution of the Imo north election petition tribunal illegal. We want the Nigerian people to help us and ask Achonu if he is INEC that is charged by relevant laws to print result sheets, conduct elections and present same to the judiciary in the case of election petitions or if was appointed the president of the Appeal Court to be put on notice before the constitution or disbandment of tribunals panels as the case may be?”
“It is really disheartening that these anti-democratic forces won’t let go for Okigwe zone to move forward, but against all odds we firmly believe that our judiciary still retains that appellation: the last hope of the common man”.
“It is however on this premise that we call on our people and the All Progressives Congress to maintain vigilance in this sinister attempt to truncate the wishes of our people”.