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APC alleges ploy to thwart Rivers appeal outcome

16 June 2015, 11:03Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was colluding with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in tampering with sensitive election material to compromise the probe into the alleged poll irregularities in the Rivers State.

"Faced with a bleak prospect of having no cogent and verifiable evidence of having held elections in Rivers State last March 28 and April 11, the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC], in collusion with the PDP, has now decided to cause further confusion by deliberately mixing up sensitive materials to make it difficult for inspection by the APC legal team and the election tribunal," Chris Finebone, APC State Publicity Secretary, said.

He said the party recalled that the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Khan, and her top Directors had been working in collusion with the PDP to forge a wide range of sensitive documents to support the results the INEC declared in favour of the PDP in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

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Finebone alleged the range of document being forged include result sheets, voters' registers, thumb-printed ballot papers, incident forms and others.

"Two months after the April 11 elections, the INEC in Rivers State and the PDP are yet to succeed in forging enough numbers of sensitive materials to match what was declared as results of those phantom elections," Finebone added.

APC is challenging the election of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, the PDP candidate who was announced winner of the governorship poll ahead of APC's Dakuku Peterside.

Finebone was confident the election tribunal would eventually rule in favour of the APC.

"We believe that the hard journey to retrieve our stolen mandates has started on a promising and sure note. Indeed, it is only a matter of time before justice arrives our beloved Rivers State," he said. 

- CAJ News


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