Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) maintained confidence the People’s Democratic Party’s controversial victory in the recent elections would be nullified.
APC has rejected the poll outcome that saw its rival garner a landslide in the state despite the region previously seen as an APC stronghold.
“We fully align ourselves with Governor (Rotimi) Amaechi’s position that no election took place in Rivers State on April 11 and we are with him all the way in his efforts to ensure that justice is done to APC, to our gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and to the good people of the State who freely gave their mandate to our great party.
"We have no doubts at all in our minds that Governor Amaechi and our great party shall be vindicated at the end of the electoral process, which terminates at the Election Tribunal,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said.
Ikanya faulted the declaration of Nyesom Wike and PDP’s State Assembly candidates as winners by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), vowing that the alleged injustice cannot be allowed to stand.
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“It is clearly too early for Wike and the PDP to start any form of celebration because the APC Leader in Rivers State in the person of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has an uncanny gift to turn the table when it seems highly impossible to do so. Governor Amaechi’s reputation as regards his political struggles and the usual outcome after he must have been written off by the uninformed is instructive. His penchant to snatch victory from the jaws of seeming defeat after travelling the hard road is legendary.”
Ikanywa urged APC members and supporters not to lose hope claiming there was enough evidence to prove that the election was fraudulent.
“Most observers, including Prof. Wole Soyinka, (US) Ambassador Endwhistle and International Observers, have since confirmed that that there was no election in Rivers State to warrant a winner being declared; rather, what happened was the hounding and murder of APC members by the PDP leadership, coup against democracy, ballot-snatching and scandalous thumb-printing.”
He said those were ongoing two weeks of the “purported election.”
Rivers APC has gone to the Election Tribunal to seek redress.
“Our teeming members and supporters should be rest assured of victory in view of the enormous facts at APC’s disposal and the calibre of the legal team assembled by the party to fight this monumental injustice,” Ikanya added.