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In Imo, YPP opposes the storage of electoral materials for Anambra guber

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Anambra governorship election materials for the November 6 elections in Imo State are being stored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a warehouse owned by the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

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YPP’s National Publicity Secretary Mr. Egbeola Martins made this known in a statement yesterday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that INEC said it would use the commission’s zonal headquarters office in Owerri, the Imo State capital, to distribute non-sensitive materials for the Anambra governorship election.

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this during the commission’s quarterly meeting with media executives in Abuja, on Wednesday.

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He said the decision was a result of the recent vandalism and attacks on the commission’s facilities in Anambra.

Martins described the planned storage of materials as ill-conceived and an illogical proposition capable of overheating the polity, considering the suspicion existing among political parties.

According to him, as shown in the unprecedented numbers of pre-election litigations, it will be unwise for INEC to become the agent of destabilisation, stirring needless and avoidable controversies.

“Our inability to have risen above petty considerations as a nation has made perception to be everything in this part of the world.

“It will be foolhardy for anyone, including INEC, to think that keeping electoral materials, whether sensitive or non-sensitive in an APC controlled state of Imo is right.

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“We call upon INEC to rescind every plan to store election materials in Imo, as events have shown that it is not better than Anambra or any other state within the region,” he said.

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According to Martins, if proximity was a factor for the storage of election materials in Imo, Delta and Enugu states would be better choices.

He said the call for the logistical rejigging should not be a Herculean task, as anything contrary might suggest that INEC would be compromised.

The YPP national publicity secretary advised the electoral body to manage the cooperation and vote of confidence it enjoyed from stakeholders.

“Any attempt to go on with this plan against the popular demand of Nigerians, especially the good people of Anambra, will be resisted,” he said.

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Dr. Martins urged the international community and civil society to intervene in Anambra at the outset of the electoral process.

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