Sunday, March 29, 2015

APC calls for cancellation of elections in Rivers

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has petitioned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, calling for “outright cancellation and rescheduling” of the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
The allegations contained in the petition, if proven, may discredit the election in the state.
In the petition signed by the Rivers APC Chairman, Davies Ikanya, the party said the “parody of election held in Rivers State” on Saturday was marred by “deliberate non release of result sheets to nearly all the centres, active collaboration and collusion of the INEC staff with the People’s Democratic Party in undermining the credibility of the election”.
It said violence was orchestrated to scare away voters, adding that the officers of the Nigerian Police Force were also used to arrest some APC leaders and faithful, thereby disenfranchising them.
All these happened, the APC alleged, because the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Khan, “a known associate and friend” of President Goodluck Jonathan, “connived” with the PDP.
“The most egregious aspect of the glaring irregularities and breaches in the election is in the area of a wilful and deliberate non availability of results sheets in nearly all voting centres”, the party said.
Accordingly, this was “deliberately made so as to pave the way for the writing of the results thereafter”.
While no result sheets were sent to Emohua, Ikwerre, Omuma, Etche, Akuku Toru, Ogu/Bolo, Okrika, Asari Toru, Ahoada East, Bonny, Khana, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Ahoada West,Abua/Odual, Oyigbo and some parts of Port Harcourt, only three of 11 wards of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government had result sheets, the ruling APC in the state said.
It stated that in spite of strenuous objection by members of the party, “several thousand persons” with fake permanent voter cards, rejected by the card readers, were allowed to vote in almost all the Local Government Areas, particularly, in Tai-eleme, Oyigbo, Ikwerre, Obio/Akpor, Okrika and Ogu/Bolo.
“We want to firmly state that there is nowhere in the world where this sham and debacle that happened in Rivers State can be glorified as an election and allowing this to stand is to posit to the entire World that allocation of votes and massive irregularities and malpractices will be allowed as long as the perpetrators are able to carry same out”.
The party, therefore, urged the INEC chairman to cancel Saturday’s elections in Rivers State.


2 comments :

  1. It's so messed up. They should kuku redo it nah!!!!!!

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  2. I heard river state is volatile, may God calm the storm there, and those PDP cohort, na them sabi

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