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YIAGA Denies Plans To Compromise Imo Election

A political group soliciting support for Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the candidate of the Imo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be cautious of the role of Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth, and Advancement (YIAGA) in the November 11 polls in the Imo State.

The group, Orlu West Senatorial District for Anyanwu 2023, led by Donatus Nwogu, alleged that YIAGA is working for the interest of the Labour Party (LP) in the polls, stating that the election monitoring group has a close affinity towards Tony Nwulu, the deputy governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) group also alleged that YIAGA has concluded plans to sway votes in favour of the LP in PDP strongholds across the state. To achieve this, the election observer group, according to the group, has mobilized personnel and resources across the state to canvas for votes for the Labour Party (LP).

The intention, as discovered by the group, is to deploy the Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) system by YIAGA in favor of the Labour Party (LP).

The group, in a statement signed by Nwogu, said it has already informed the electoral commission of the development, calling on the electoral body to act and prevent partisan monitoring groups, including YIAGA, from compromising the election’s credibility.

Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, could not be reached for comments on the allegations. However, responding to the allegation, Mark Amaza, the Senior Communications Officer of Yiaga Africa, said it is not true that Yiaga Africa is working for the Labour Party (LP) or any other party.

“We are a non-partisan civil society organization. Tony Nwulu’s affiliation is not to Yiaga Africa but to the Not Too Young To Run Movement, which is made up of 100 organizations across the country, as he sponsored the bill to amend the Constitution to reduce the age of eligibility for running for office while he was in the House of Representatives in 2016. While we are grateful to Nwulu for being the sponsor of the bill, it does not translate it into an affiliation with Yiaga Africa, which is just one of the organisations within the movement.”

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