The Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to withdraw Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) operatives from Aba North/South Federal Constituency.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will this Saturday, March 27, conduct a by-election for Aba North/South Federal Constituency following the death of the former occupant of the seat in the House of Representatives, Osy Prestige.
The APGA claims that it has uncovered plans by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the by-election in the state using CTU operatives
In a statement issued on Wednesday by APGA Abia Chairman Engr Uchenna Ehiemere, the party alleged that the Nigeria Police Terrorism Unit Base 4 Aba has been compromised by the state government and the PDP to cause mayhem and discourage voters from participating in the upcoming election.
Ehiemere said that the commandant and officers of the CTU Base 4 have continued to show partisanship against the ethics of the police
According to the APGA chief, ‘other arms of the police that are bi-partisan should be enlisted for the election. There is a need for a level playground for all the candidates in this by-election. APGA can’t lose her immunity on an election that everybody is allowed to participate. Please, give us all other security operatives except CTU. They are already agents of the state government and we are not comfortable with it.’
Four political parties will participate in Saturday’s election. They are All Progressives Congress (APC ), PDP, APGA and Action Alliance (AA).