Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State doubts the commitment of the committee the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently established to investigate complaints over the conduct of elections in the state.
APC Chairman in the State, Dr Davies Ikanya, alleged the committee only met Gesila Khan, Rivers Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in whom it long lost confidence in, and perhaps the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
“Let me say emphatically that the committee set-up by INEC to investigate the Rivers election case did not meet with us over our petition to the Commission on claims that there was no election in Rivers State. We are Nigerians and deserve to vote and be voted for as well as ensuring that our votes do indeed count,” Ikanya said.
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He said contrary to Godsday Orubebe’s outburst during the release of results last week, he personally submitted his party’s petition to the INEC.
“This is unlike the PDP petition that was smuggled to the Chairman of INEC by Retired Col. Bello Fadile whose position in the PDP is not known to Nigerians.”
Ikanya recalled that political parties in Rivers State had unanimously declared the purported elections were “a mockery of democracy” because according to them, the PDP in concert with REC marred the entire process with high momentum of irregularities, malpractices and killings.
“Even a child will not believes that a State like Rivers, control by the APC that the party will record less down 70 thousand votes without one single candidates as against the opposition’s over 1.4 million votes,” Ikanya said.
PDP won by 1 487 075 to APC’s 60 238 in Rivers State.