Lagos - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has exacerbated tensions characterising the run-up to this weekend’s Local Government elections with the claim the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) planned to use the membership register of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the poll.
The party, insisting the election scheduled for Saturday was “illegal”, said RSIEC’s alleged collaboration was “tragic and most regrettable.”
Felix Obuah, PDP State Chairman, said the alleged action by the state electoral body amounted to “wishing to right an illegality with criminality simply to justify the huge bribe paid to them by the outgoing Governor Rotimi Amaechi.”
PDP is boycotting the poll dismissing it as “a ploy by Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to rob the people of the state from their mandates on who represent them at the local government level.”
Obuah, his spokesperson, Jerry Needam, said the alleged plot was an effort in futility.
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He lauded the “courage” of the other 13 political parties in the state for shunning Amaechi’s alleged inducements and withdrawing from the elections.
“He (Obuah) reassured the affected parties of the supremacy of the rule of law which must be vigorously pursued by the PDP-led government to ensure that every political party is given equal opportunity and fairness to participate in any political contest,” Needam said.
Rivers State has made headlines prior to, during and after elections held recently in the country.
Violence marred preparations for the polls.
Amid the tension, PDP has turned the tables on the APC in this region that was previously seen as a stronghold of the latter. However, APC is challenging the outcome of the governorship poll that steered PDP to power, citing irregularities.
Ironically, PDP has shunned the polls scheduled for the weekend saying these were compromised.