Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered the restriction of movement in Aba North and Aba South Local Government Areas in Abia state from 8:00pm on Friday, 26th March, to 6:00am on Sunday, 28th March due to the Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election on March 27.
This was in line with the directive of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct the Aba North/South Federal Constituenc bye-election on March 27, to elect a new candidate that will occupy the seat of late Ossy Prestige, of the APGA, who died on February 6.
The ‘movement restriction’ was contained in a statement disclosed by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, on friday. He said that the ‘Governors order’ only allows voters, INEC officials, security operatives and workers on essential duties with proper identification documents to move during the election period.
Part of the statement reads:
“Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved the restriction of movements in Aba North and Aba South Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 8:00pm (2000hrs) Friday, 26th March, 2021 to 6:00am (0600hrs) Sunday, 28th March, 2021.”
“Only voters, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials on election duty, workers on essential duties with proper identification documents and security operatives are exempted from the restrictions within the stated period.”
“Meanwhile, the usual monthly environmental sanitation exercise will go ahead in the other 15 LGAs on Saturday, March 27. Concerned Local Government Chairmen are expected to lock down their respective LGAs within the period of the clean up exercise.”