Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the regional Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of attempting to cover up evidence of the alleged rigging of the recent general elections in the state.
Rivers APC made the allegation while reacting to the suit lodged at the Federal High Court Port Harcourt, in which Rivers PDP and INEC are claiming that the INEC card readers meant to be used during the March 28 Presidential/National Assembly and April 11 Governorship/State Assembly elections in Rivers State were stolen by unknown persons, thus purportedly necessitating manual accreditation of ghost voters.
“By going to court to tell this childish story, Rivers INEC and its partner in crime, PDP, have only exposed their desperation to whitewash the charade they perpetrated in Rivers State in the name of elections on March 28 and April 11. This is nothing but self-indictment and amounts to an attempt to hide behind a finger which, of course, will fail woefully,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ikanya, said in Port Harcourt.
The party dismissed Rivers INEC and PDP’s reported argument as untenable.
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“These two organisations seems to have conveniently forgotten that INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, expressly stated that where the card reader failed to work elections in such a place should be postponed till the next day, or in extreme cases, be called off. Contrary to this clear directive, the kindergarten criminals in PDP and Rivers INEC allocated figures to PDP’s candidates in their hurry to rob Rivers people of their power to elect the leaders of their choice.”
Ikanya said the revelation from the INEC headquarters that only 300 000 voters were accredited via card reader for the April 11 gubernatorial election whereas 1,1 million votes were credited to PDP gubernatorial candidate, Nyesome Wike, provided conclusive proof that there was “no election” in Rivers State, “ as our great party and International Election Observers have consistently maintained.”
APC is challenging the poll outcome that paved way for Wike to succeed Governor Rotimi Amaechi.