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Rivers reaches new low as APC rejects re-run polls

04 April 2016, 07:42Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has added to the deadlock in the Rivers State after rejecting the outcome of the recently held re-run polls.

The party is demanding fresh elections.

The party’s State Chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, rejected the results so far announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying nothing but the total cancellation of the process and the holding of fresh rerun polls would be acceptable to APC.

“We wish to put on record our total and uncompromising rejection of the results of the March 19, 2016 rerun elections so far announced by INEC as these do not in any way reflect the current political realities on ground in Rivers State,” Ikanya.

He said the results, which indicate a landslide victory for People’s Democratic Party (PDP), were allocated to the ruling party in the state following alleged unrelenting threats by Governor Nyesom Wike to the effect that anybody coming to conduct any election that would not favour PDP should first write their wills before coming to the state.

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“The effect of these threats and their practical demonstration as seen in how people were burnt, beheaded and buried alive during the rerun elections can clearly be seen in the shameful manner INEC is awarding victory to PDP,” Ikanya stated.

Speaking from Port Harcourt, the capital of the violence-prone state, Ikanya said there was “nothing different” between what happened during the recent elections and the widely discredited elections of March and April general elections held in 2015.

These were cancelled the courts, forcing a re-run held late last month.

The party delved into the tensions between Wike and former Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, a member of the APC.

“Everyone knows that Wike is the one who has been sponsoring violence in Rivers State and not Amaechi,” Ikanya said. 

- CAJ News


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