Achonu: Voter suppression will be checkmated in November election

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The Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in Imo State for the November 11th election, Senator Athan Achonu, has promised that the party will not allow political thugs to steal votes or disrupt the election in the state.

Speaking on Sunday during a meeting with some Imo State indigenes in Abuja, Achonu said he was confident that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would ensure the election is free and fair.

He said: “From what happened in the last state elections held in Imo State, it’s obvious. I don’t want to pre-empt the court because it’s sub judice, but I think I have some confidence in INEC because thugs were used to preventing them from carrying out their legitimate job during the last election.

“They used thugs; they used the police to suppress INEC. Nobody will face that type of thuggery that went on and will not protect himself and his life. The police are Nigerians; the military are Nigerians; they have children also. So, I have a level of confidence in INEC and believe that we will be able to protect our votes.

“Nobody can tamper with our votes, and nobody can move collation from a legitimate place to another in this coming November election. It will never be allowed,” he said.