Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Chief Emeka Vincent Igwe, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Awka-South 1 Constituency Election, has declared that despite the antagonism and wanton destruction of his campaign posters, billboards and other electioneering materials across Awka metropolis by those he described as malignant forces, such sinister act would not stop him from winning the forthcoming assembly elections in the area.
Igwe who spoke to our correspondent at the weekend in Awka through the Director-General of his campaign organization Mr. Okey Nwanna, said he was unperturbed by the machinations of opposition elements.
He stated that the campaign banner mounted at his campaign office in Umudioka village Awka was allegedly destroyed totally by unidentified hoodlums. According to him, another campaign billboard of his was defaced and destroyed at Ezinwafor square Umubele village Awka coupled with numerous others within the constituency.
The PDP assembly candidate however pointed out that the perpetrators of the nefarious act might have expected his campaign organization to launch a reprisal but he saw such developments as mere distractions to his ambition and decided not to retaliate as demolition of his election materials wouldn’t preclude him from winning the elections.
Igwe observed that there seemed to be a deliberate attempt by his opponents to ensure that his election materials were not seen anywhere around the constituency noting that his publicity secretary was recently prevented from pasting his posters at gunpoint.
He said in spite of the happenings, he had remained steadfast, focused and undaunted even though he noted that his campaign organization had urged those involved in the brazen destruction of his campaign materials to retrace their steps to avoid the wrath of the law.
Although he stressed that he did not intend to go into war with any person as all the contestants were indigenes of Awka-south 1 state constituency, he revealed also that the police had been notified and before long the culprits would be brought to justice even as he said that the removal of his election materials from public glare might not be unconnected with the fact that other candidates felt threatened by his presence.