Abia State government has denied reports in the Sun newspapers that the state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji tampered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad-hoc staff list.

Briefing newsmen in Umuahia on the issue, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. ACB Agbazuere, said the allegation was laughable and shows the level of ignorance of the opposition in the state.

According to him, the Governor is neither a staff of INEC nor has the capacity to tamper with the ad hoc list since he is not a staff of the electoral body, adding that INEC ought to have complained to the police if the allegation was true since the idea of tampering with INEC list is a criminal offence.
Dr. Agbazuere stated that the allegation was the conjecturing of drowning persons who are looking for what to hold on to and urged them to look for better things to say.

On the allusion by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Otti, that his life was being threatened, the Commissioner stated that there has been no case of political assassination in the state since May 2007 till the date that Governor Orji assumed office, pointing out that the Governor is peace loving and has no hand in threatening anyone.