Senator Decries Threat To Polls In Eleme
Senator Olaka Worgu, a former Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the conduct of some soldiers in the March 9th governorship and state assembly election in the state.
Senator Worgu said the conduct of the soldiers and others security agencies during the polls was shameful and a threat to sanctity of the polls, that they invaded the Eleme local government collation centre and bared other party agents from participating in the collation of results.
Explaining his ordeal in the hands of the soldiers at the Eleme collation centre, the Senator stated that Policemen and soldiers arrived the centre while collation was going on and immediately chased him and other party agents including Youth Corp members out of the centre leaving only agents of All Progressive Congress, (APC) who he noted were not a party to the election.
According to the PDP chieftain, the action of the soldiers showed clear bias to aid the interests of a particular political party. “The actions of the soldiers obviously tarnished the high reputation of the military. I wonder if these soldiers, I have seen today are truly the members of the Nigerian army”, the Senator lamented.
Worgu said he had already made contacts with the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and the Local Government Electoral officer for Eleme and called for the upholding of the people’s will on the election.
He stated that his appeal to the soldiers to see reason and allow all party agents into the collation centre was rebuffed that he had to plead with the youths who feel provoked by the actions of the soldiers to avert violent reaction over the issue.
The Vortex reporter who witnessed the incident said collation and sorting of votes were going on peacefully at the INEC centre in the area, when Police officers walked in and ordered all persons including INEC personnel to leave the centre.