2023 Polls: Nat’l Secretary’s Claim of Sabotage Is Dubious, Says PDP


The Imo state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described as dubious the allegation of the presence of saboteurs in the party made by the National Secretary, Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu.

In a statement endorsed by the state Publicity Secretary, Collins Opurozor, the party wondered how a man who occupies such exalted position and is privy to the inner workings of the party could come up with such a frivolous claim.

Anyanwu had alleged misappropriation of intervention funds meant for the Presidential/National Assembly polls in the state, leading to the dismal performance of the party in the state.

He accused Imo PDP leaders of sabotaging the party during the polls.

Opurozor described as most unacceptable the attempt by Senator Anyanwu to cast a slur on the reputation of the party and the integrity of its leaders.

He dismissed the claims made by the National Secretary as not just effectively dubious but also completely untrue.

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According to him, Imo PDP is deeply worried about the interest which the Amaimo-born politician intends to advance through such barefaced misinformation.

He recalled that Anyanwu attended the stakeholders meeting of the party on Thursday, February 23, 2023 where issues of appropriation of resources and disbursement for the prosecution of the Presidential/National Assembly elections in the state were agreed upon.

Opurozor disclosed that the template for disbursement was strictly adhered to, stressing that till date the party has not received any complaint of deviation from the template.

He said the party was bemused on what could have informed the outburst of the National Secretary.

According to the party spokesman, the party finds most troubling the fact that its presidential candidate scored a paltry 10 votes in Anyanwu’s polling unit in Obodo Central School, Amaimo, Ikeduru Local Government Area.

Opurozor added that the National Secretary has also not bothered to join hands with the Imo PDP to reclaim the stolen mandates gf its candidates or even condemned the electoral malfeasance committed by the All Progressives Congress during the polls in the state.

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His statement reads in part; “If there is anything Imo PDP finds really troubling, it is the fact the our Presidential Candidate scored only ten (10) votes at Obodo Central School in Amaimo, Ikeduru LGA, which is the polling unit of our National Secretary. This is extremely difficult to explain.

“It is also worrisome that despite the hues and cries that have trailed the elections in Imo State, our National Secretary has been most unwilling to lend his voice to the agitations by Imo PDP for the electoral process in Imo to be sanitized and the culprits in the February 25th electoral fraud be brought to book.

“We had expected the National Secretary to deploy his strategic position to draw attention to some of the indefensible electoral malpractices in the State.

“For instance, our victory in Nkwerre/Isu/Njaba/Nwangele Federal Constituency is being sat upon by Imo’s rampaging petty-dictator in cahoots with his corrupt enablers within INEC.

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“Our senatorial victory in Imo North was also glaringly truncated. In areas where elections never held because of insecurity, results were written for the APC.

“For Imo East senatorial district, where our Party was coasting to victory, results were rewritten and swapped in Owerri Municipal just to halt our victory.

“Worse still, over fifty polling units in Mbaitoli and Owerri West were excluded from the final collation.

“For Orlu, Orsu and Oru East, the incumbent APC took advantage of the insecurity in the areas and diverted election materials and wrote results for themselves.

“These issues are fundamental, as they touch on the very integrity of our electoral process”.


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