The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) All Progressive Grand Alliance in Abia State engaged each other in war of words over a fire that razed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state, reports Punch.
The PDP accused APGA of being responsible for the fire.
The PDP noted that the arsonists after seeting the INEC offce on fire were were chanting APGA victory songs and brandishing APGA emblems
But in a swift reaction, APGA denied the allegation, saying it was an attempt by the PDP-led administration to cover its “ fraud at the polls.”
APGA chairman in the state, Augustine Ehiemere state it was surprising that people could accuse the APGA for the dastardly act when the party needed the electoral materials in the burnt INEC office to support its petition at the tribunal.
The APGA chairman said, “The government burnt down the place to destroy evidence against its fraud. They did it because the tribunal had ordered INEC to assemble the electoral materials on Monday (today).
Also responding, the APGA governorship candidate in the state, Dr. Alex Otti, accused some thugs loyal to the state government of starting the fire.
Otti ,who spoke through his media aide, Jennifer Ben-Okereke, alleged that the PDP was afraid that the electoral materials in the burnt office would affect its case at the tribunal.
The APGA candidate said that when his team of forensic experts went to the council headquarters to inspect the electoral materials, they were allegedly attacked by thugs suspected to be loyal to Ikpeazu.
He, therefore , appealed to security agents to thoroughly investigate the incident with a view to fishing out the culprits.