Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the winner of the controversial Rivers State governorship poll, Nyesom Wike, of disregarding observer reports the poll did not meet international standards.
APC Spokesperson for the state, Chris Finebone, said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate thus showed disdain to conclusions by international observers that irregularities marred the poll.
Finebone noted that among other observer teams, the European Union and United States Embassy raised concern at the conduct of the poll.
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“With these and many more observations made on the April 11 elections in Rivers State, it is rather surprising that Barr. Nyesom Wike could go public with his claims that the process met local and international election standards. Obviously, he has to re-work his understanding of what national and international election standards mean,” said Finebone.
Wike was announced the winner of the governorship election after polling 1 029102 votes ahead of APC’s Dakuku Peterside who managed 124 896. APC rejected the outcome and hinted at making a legal challenge.
“It is important to remind Mr Wike that the election process does not end with declaration of results. It ends after the ruling of the electoral appeal court or the Supreme Court depending on the position contested,” Finebone said.