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Anambra governorship election materials intercepted in hotel?

Two lorry loads of sensitive materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission meant for the Nov. 18 Anambra governorship election have been allegedly intercepted in a hotel in the state.

National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Oye, disclosed this on Monday at a press conference in his residence at Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of the state.

Oye said security agencies in the state intercepted the materials in an undisclosed hotel and that two persons have been arrested as a result.

But the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Garba Umar, described the allegation as “false.”

He said, “There was nothing like that. It’s false alarm.”

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra state, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, also described the allegation as laughable.

He said INEC’s “sensitive” materials could hardly arrive that early to the election, adding that when such materials are finally available, they would be kept in a bank.

But Chief Oye had told journalists that the “sensitive” materials, containing everything for the poll at wards, local government and state levels, were intercepted in two trucks by security operatives.

He said he had a strong suspicion that an opposition party in the state was the mastermind of the act.

He said APGA and the people of the state would not tolerate any sharp practices in the election.

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