By Valentine Amanze, Lagos
Residents of Aba, Abia State woke up Thursday morning to the see strange caskets on their streets with message on them warning that any body who fails to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the supplementary governorship polls will die.
This has prompted the PDP in the state to react, saying it is an overt move by the opposition to attract emotions. The party has, also stated in strong terms that it is not behind the act.
The PDP governorship candidate in the state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, in a statement on April 23, 2015, exonerating the party of such act, stated: “The attention of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for Abia State, has been drawn to the ugly incident witnessed in Aba this morning, where caskets were dropped at various places in Aba, with a threat that those who will not vote for Dr. Ikpeazu and the PDP in the Saturday’s supplementary election will die.
“Dr Okezie is by this means dissociating himself from such dastardly act, and also inform Abians and the general public that such is the handiwork of the opposition who have shown their desperation in various ways since the beginning of the governorship contest.”
Okezie, however, assured Aba people, whom he said, have always supported him, not to be deterred by the intimidation from the opposition, while urging them to vote him as they did on April 11.
Ikpeazu also appealed to the Aba business community to go about their lawful business without any fear of molestations.
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