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Protesters Descend On INEC Office In Imo, Seek REC Ouster

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Advocates of the Labour Party (LP) in Imo State are calling for the removal of the current Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state.

The demonstrators, who doubled as supporters, raised banners and placards while singing songs near the entrance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) state office.

As per the peaceful protesters, the party maintains the right to call for a just, transparent, and equitable election in the state, leading up to the November 11 gubernatorial elections.

The protesters stated that their call for the removal of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was rooted in allegations of impropriety made against him.

Callistus Ihejiagwa, the State Labour Party Chairman, shared with reporters that the party is advocating for INEC to secure the integrity of their votes by utilising the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machine.

INEC’s Head of the Voter Education and Publicity Department, Emmanuel Opara, assured that the commission would stand firm against any attempt to undermine its commitment to conducting a free, fair, and credible election.

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In a recent update, the Labour Party’s (LP) sharp criticism of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, regarding his promise to assist not less than 4,000 youth from the state in attaining employment opportunities in Europe and Canada by year-end.

The Eastern Updates reports that Governor Hope Uzodinma, in his bid for re-election under the All Progressives Congress (APC) banner, made this commitment during a campaign event on Thursday, just ahead of the November 11 governorship election in the state.

While engaging with the residents, the governor expressed his commitment to assisting Imo indigenes who aspire to move to Europe or Canada by imparting them with the requisite employable skill sets, making it easier for them to settle and thrive abroad.

In an interview with Arise News on Friday, Yunusa Tanko, the LP Presidential Campaign Council spokesperson, expressed strong disapproval of Governor Uzodimma’s commitment, describing it as an offensive slight to the state.

Tanko stated that the governor’s pledge is a deceptive manoeuvre, particularly in light of his inability to provide fundamental job opportunities for the youth in the state while promising employment in Europe.

He also highlighted that Senator Athan Achonu, the Labour Party’s candidate for the governorship in Imo, is determined to generate real job opportunities within the state, avoiding the practice of making false assurances.

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