Port Harcourt - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning protests in Rivers State and put the rescheduled rerun elections on hold to make up for its unpreparedness.
PDP officials alleged the so-called strategy includes cooking up fallacies and spurious allegations and using such as basis for state-wide demonstrations ahead of the July 30 polls.
The ploy, PDP Rivers chairman Felix Obuah said, centred on blackmailing some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC who, they had allegedly not been able to buy over.
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He mocked APC candidate wanted only compromised INEC officials who would do their bidding during the elections besides making unguarded and provocative statements against the PDP and its candidates for the elections.
This, the state PDP chairman said, is a sign the APC is not ready for any election and rather than suffer defeat wanted a postponement.
“Unfortunately for them, we and indeed the Rivers people know better and cannot fall into such ill-conceived snares,” said Obuah.
“We are ready as ever for the re-run elections and will not have the elections compromised in whatever guise whether by the APC or the INEC officials they are rooting for,” Obuah declared.
Obuah urged stakeholders not to be deceived by the alleged APC antics but to join hands to ensure that the elections were not only held but also conducted freely and fairly to sustain peace in the state.
“May we also sound it loud and clear that nobody or group has the monopoly of taking to the streets rightly or wrong to protest perceived injustice.
"Should the APC therefore make bold to proceed with the unnecessary protest against the re-run election as a cover for not being ready for the electoral contest, the PDP will surely respond with even greater vigour.”
Rerun elections are remaining eight Local Areas of the State following the chaotic initial elections earlier this year
- CAJ News