The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the intervention of the National Working Committee of the party in respect of the ward congress slated for last weekend in the state.
The state Chairman of the party, Charles Ugwuh made the call in a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday, May 2.
Ugwuh expressed indignation over the inability of the Electoral Committee to explain the disappearance of the result sheets of two of the 27 local government areas in the state.
According to him, it was surprising to the party that the electoral committee displayed results of 25 council areas without offering explanation as to what happened to the results of Ideato North and Ideato South local government areas.
Ugwuh revealed that the matter had been reported to the Department of State Security, DSS, which has taken custody of the result sheets.
The chairman said the disappearance of the result sheets and inability of the team from Abuja to offer any explanation casts doubts on the integrity of the team from the National Secretary of the party.
Ugwuh said; “It is curious to note, that out the twenty-seven Local Government Areas, result sheets displayed by the Panel were twenty-five – for 25 LGAs. While those of Ideato North and Ideato South could not be found and there was no explanation as to their disappearance.
“This inexplicable disappearance of the result sheets consequently raised a very serious question about the integrity of the team from our National Secretary and indicated that the process was already obviously compromised.
“This necessitated the critical stakeholders to resolve to allow the Department of State Services (DSS) in Owerri to take custody of the results since the exercise could not proceed as planned with incomplete result sheets.
“However, when we got to the DSS office today and duly retrieved the result sheets, we were embarrassed that contrary to our earlier decision, the Electoral Panel Members refused to bring the materials to the State Party Secretariat.
“They instead planned to jet out to Abuja with the result sheets. This sinister plot was resisted by officers and members of Imo State PDP, who once again called for the intervention of the DSS, which in its magnanimity accepted to continue keeping the result sheets in its custody.
“So, till this moment, the DSS is still with the result sheets for the twenty-five Local Government Areas while the missing two have not yet been found. The exercise therefore remains inconclusive”.
He described as understandable and appropriate the worry expressed by the public over the development, saying it simply demonstrates the popular faith in the party and the unwavering eagerness of the people to vote the PDP into power in Imo State next year, given the urgency to salvage the state from the barbarous clutches of maladministration, waste, insecurity, infrastructural decay and overall ruinous misrule.