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PDP vows to resist 'rape' of Rivers democracy

21 September 2016, 18:03

Port Harcourt - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vowed to resist alleged plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare results of the cancelled March 19 legislative elections in Tai local government area in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Rivers State PDP chairman, Felix Obuah, claimed he received such information from Resident Commissioner in Rivers State, Aniedi Ikoiwak.

Obuah accused the electoral body of compromise, accusing the APC of influencing the alleged decision for fear of contesting a free, fair and peaceful election in the state.

Also read: APC blames PDP for postponement of Rivers rerun poll

“The PDP urges INEC to stop blowing hot and cold, saying rather than taking actions to redeem its already battered image as result of series of inconclusive or postponed elections under the current administration,” Obuah said.

“The Commission, through the like of Zakari Mohammed and Aniedi Ikiowak, is still conducting itself in the most undignified manner to prove it remains an unrepentant and have its hands soiled by the desperation of the APC and its candidates.”

He mentioned such candidates as Magnus Abe and Barry Mpigi.

Obuah urged INEC to “retrace its steps” and dissuade such officials as Mohammed and Ikiowak from compromise and allegedly conspiracy with the APC, which had today put the commission in bad light.

“We will not allow this rape of democracy and abuse of people’s right to succeed,” Obuah maintained. 

- News 24


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