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PDP claims Abe fears Rivers re-run polls

08 July 2016, 18:50

Port Harcourt - The Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) claims the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Magnus Abe, is not ready for National and State Assemblies re-run elections scheduled for the end of the month.

The party said its conclusion followed sentiments attributed to Abe, expressing fears of losing in the contest.

Abe had in the statement issued in Port Harcourt alleged the present Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner for Rivers State, Aniedi Ikoiwak, would not be fair.

Also read: Abe alleges PDP plans to malign him

“This raises some questions on the real intention and expectation of Mr Abe, who during the previous exercise on March 19, was comfortable with the same man he is calling for his head today,” said Jerry Needam, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Rivers PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah.

He said Abe’s latest call for the change of INEC State REC was a clear demonstration of his fears of losing at the election.

Needam claimed it was obvious the people of that senatorial district have made their decision on who to vote for, favouring the PDP and its candidate, Olaka Nwogu.

“For us, Mr. Abe’s position on whether he would contest or not is not an issue, but it would be wrong if one drowning man is allowed to dictate and hand-twist a supposedly independent umpire like the INEC. A wrong precedence should therefore, not be set, and that’s the reason we remain resolute that only the right and proper thing be done.”

Needam said his party was calling for free and fair elections.

“As a party, we are following up events and would continue to be responsible in our electioneering activities, but would resist to be cowed by any action considered undemocratic and illegal.”

The polls were initially scheduled for March but INEC ruled them inconclusive after some irregularities. 

- CAJ News


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