No blackmail, intimidation can stop March 9 election in Enugu – REC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Enugu state, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, on Thursday said that no amount of intimidation or blackmail against the commission would stop the conduct of Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections on Saturday.

Ononamadu stated this while briefing journalists shortly after the All Progressive Party (APC) members led by its Chairman, Dr Ben Nwoye embarked on a protest with a call on cancellation of the Saturday election accusing INEC of being biased.

Ononamadu said ” no amount of allegation, intimidation or blackmail will make INEC Enugu to loose sight in conducting the election on Saturday. Our election is not negotiable, it’s going ahead and we are ready to conduct free, fair and credible election.

“We will not sit down and watch any individual right to be trample on. We must protect right of our people, protect our democracy and protect our country so credible election must take place in Enugu.

“We must all know that power belong to the people so the people determine who will govern them so we are behind people of Enugu,” he said.

Earlier during the protest, Dr Nwoye accused INEC of stoping them from inspecting sensitive materials adding that the commission gave permission to PDP to access the materials at CBN.

He thereby vowed that APC will not allow election to hold in Enugu saying “we will not allow election to hold in Enugu because we are not sure if  INEC will deliver credible election in Enugu,” he said.

On the update for the preparedness of INEC, Dr Ononamadu disclosed that the commission has moved the election materials to INEC area offices in all the 17 local government area of the state, adding that the commission would start moving the materials to RAC by 10am on Friday 8.

Ononamadu who disclosed that refresher training of supervisory presiding officers is ongoing, stated that Adhoc staff refresher training and head count would commence tomorrow by 6am.

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