Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Anambra State Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) Chief Mathias Ameke has accused the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of allegedly stockpiling money for vote buying in Anambra-west local government area of the state.
Ameke who spoke with journalists on Monday in Awka, said that APGA, APC and PDP were purportedly gathering money for the forthcoming general elections noting that on 29th January, 2019, APGA allegedly came to Umueze-anam in Anambra-west council area and about one million naira was given out to Oru axis of the council.
The ADP state chairman who also doubles as the standard-bearer of the ADP for Anambra-west state assembly elections, further alleged that about five hundred thousand naira was given out in his own town Mmiata Anam by APGA stressing that when such amount of money was given out, it only portrayed election rigging through Vote-buying.
According to him, the big political parties were assembling cash for the elections which they know belonged to the people’s commonwealth. He therefore maintained that his party does not have money to share but emphasized that the ADP was poised to sell the party’s manifesto to the electorate to elicit their votes during the elections.
In another development, the state chairman of the APC in Anambra Hon. Basil Ejidike debunked allegations of vote-buying leveled against the party saying that APC could never be involved in vote-buying as well as other forms of electoral irregularities.
Ejidike emphasized that the primary concern of the APC-led federal government was the conduct of a free, fair and credible elections devoid of anything like violence and thuggery.
The Anambra APC boss however re-emphasized that every well-meaning Nigerian condemns the act of vote-selling and Vote-buying. He advised that people should campaign vigorously to convince the electorate on why they should be voted into public offices while assuring them of their competences and capabilities to take custody of their collective mandate.
He noted also that the APC at the national level has done tremendously well for the southeast and Anambra people in particular. According to him, what former administrations could not do, the APC has done in three and half years ranging from the on-going construction of the second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Onitsha highway, Nnewi-Amichi-Uga federal road, completion and commissioning of Zik Moseleum coupled with other projects. He pointed out that people should consider the antecedents of the political parties and decide what party to vote for during the elections.