Abia PPA Backs INEC On Credible Polls

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Chief Emeka Onuoha, Abia Chairman of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), said in Umuahia that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be accountable for the outcome of the 2011 general elections.

Onuoha, who spoke on recent political developments, told newsmen on Tuesday that the assurances of a free and fair election given by the INEC boss Attahiru Jega were enough to lend support to the electoral body.

He said that the PP A would rely on the credibility that INEC had attracted to itself since the appointment of Jega to win the governorship seat of the state.

Onuoha added: “That is why we are fielding credible candidates in the forthcoming elections”.

“Jega has given enough promises to Nigerians and the PPA will not have any problem in exploiting the conduct of the 2011 general elections to announce its arrival in the political landscape of the nation,” he said.

Onuoha urged Nigerians to give the INEC boss the needed support to excel, adding that every Nigerian of adult suffrage had a role to play and need not sit on the fence.

The PP A state chairman said that the party had witnessed influx of new members and urged those that left the party at the wake of the broken down merger talks with PDP to return.

He said that a total of 68 aspirants contested for the party’s primary election for the state house of assembly, noting that the party would field candidates in all elective positions.

Onuoha said that the PPA was in alliance with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in order to enthrone a credible government at the centre.

He said that the two parties would only field candidates in areas where they had comparative advantage one over the other.

He said that the former national chairman of the PPA Chief Larry Essien was contesting the governorship position in Cross River on the platform of the CPC under such agreement.

Onuoha said that with the exit of Essien as national chairman Chief Sam Nkire was elected as the new national chairman of the PPA.

He said that current trends in the nation’s politics as well as importance attached to the 2011 general elections justified the election of Nkire to lead the party.