The All Progressives Congress has called for the immediate removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Enugu State, Prof. Eze Onukaogu.
The chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, who made the demand at a Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Correspondents Chapel Forum, said the party had lost confidence in the REC’s ability to oversee free and fair polls in the state.
Nwoye, who is also the APC senatorial candidate in Enugu East, pointed to controversies that surrounded Onukaogu’s tenure in Anambra State, from where he was transferred to Enugu, to justify the demand.
“In an ideal society, the Enugu REC, Professor Onukaogu, ought not to be part of any electoral process because of his terrible antecedents during the Anambra State governorship election in 2013.
“It is on record that Professor Onukaogu is synonymous with electoral manipulation as demonstrated in Anambra in 2013, where he conducted the worst election in modern political history,” Nwoye said.
He insisted that Onukaogu must be removed in order to avert a repeat of what happened in Anambra State.
“Allowing the likes of the Enugu REC to remain in the nation’s electoral system would continue to do more harm than good to the growth of democracy in the country,” he added.
Nwoye urged the electorate to vote for APC at both the state and federal levels, stressing that the opposition party has all it takes to correct the blunders of the PDP.
The Enugu APC chairman equally vowed that the party would resist all manner of electoral fraud during the elections.
“Our votes must count because the change our people have been yearning for is here and we must embrace it through APC,” he said.
Nwoye explained that he decided to take another shot at the senatorial race, after failing to win in 2011, because of what he described as the “poor representation of his people” by the incumbent senator, Gilbert Nnaji.
“If given the mandate, I am going to use my foreign contacts to attract international donor agencies that will boost the educational sector of Enugu State, especially the Institute of Management and Technology and Enugu State University of Science and Technology that are presently in terrible shape,” he said.
By Edos News