Abuja - The tension between the rival parties in Rivers State has continued days after controversial polls.
In the latest episode in a series of hostility, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the disqualification of its candidate for Akuku-Toru Constituency 2, Tonye Awari Alalibo.
Rivers PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, said the said exclusion was “illegal, mischievous and highly vexatious.”
“No Election Petition Tribunal nor the Election Appeal Tribunal, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the power to disqualify any party candidate (as provided for in the 2012 Electoral Act as amended), and for which the PDP and its candidate for Akuku-Toru State Constituency 2 are already in court.”
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Obuah argued an Election Petition Tribunal or Appeal Tribunal had no right to bar any candidate, when the issue of disqualification was not part of the subject matter before both the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal.
“Accordingly, INEC lacks powers to disqualify the PDP candidate,” added Obuah.
He claimed the so-called disqualification was is the handiwork of the All Progressives Congress.
The PDP Chairman thus accused INEC of colluding with the APC to “satisfy”
the defeated governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, who was said to have mobilized soldiers during the elections to chase away PDP agents, from the collation centre in Opobo.
The two parties recently participated in a hotly-contested poll whose results INEC has not fully made public.