Rivers Rerun Polls: PDP rejects victory of Magnus Abe, other APC candidates; APC to reject result of Rivers East

Posted by News Express | 13 December 2016 | 2,693 times

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State says it vehemently rejects the results as announced by presiding officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring APC candidates Magnus Abe, Barry Mpigi, Friday Nke-Ee, Innocent Barikor and others winners of their respective offices in Rivers South East Senatorial District.

The rejection came even as APC vowed to reject result of Rivers East won by APC.   

A statement issued on Monday by Rivers APC Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said its rejection of the results stems from the fact that election never took place in the whole of the Rivers South East District.

The PDP challenged the APC, INEC, Army, Police and other security agencies to show proof that there was election in the zone, adding that whoever lays claim to results in the area or claims that election took place is a criminal.

Bro. Obuah explained that what happened on Saturday, December 10, 2016 was nothing short of war declared on the people of the Rivers South East by Magnus Abe, Barry Mpigi, Army, SARS, Policemen and APC thugs dressed in Army uniform.

The State PDP Chairman further added that what happened on the Saturday re-run election was like scenes from a classical movie where military might was brazenly deployed to over-run a hapless and defenseless people.

The PDP said the situation became most unfortunate when it recalled the series of outcry raised by the party on Saturday on the unwholesome activities of some chieftains of the APC in Ogoni including Derrick Mene, Executive Director Finance/Administration of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) who connived with the INEC, Military, SARS and APC thugs to hijack the process, regretting that these outcries fell on deaf ears as the same INEC, Police and Military who were expected to arrest the situation turned blind eye.

Painfully retrospecting on the events of last Saturday, Bro. Obuah said the PDP had raised alarm over the “invasion of some communities in Tai Local Government Area of the state by the combined forces of the army, police and scores of identifiable thugs imported by the APC.”

He lamented the arrest of over 200 innocent citizens while scores were shot at and one killed “by the Army sponsored by Mr. Barry Mpigi, candidate of the APC for Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo Federal Constituency.”

Bro. Obuah also alleged that “in Barako, Gokana LGA, the Army invaded the community on the orders of the Senatorial candidate of the APC for Rivers South East, Mr. Magnus Abe and whisked away scores of persons including one Chief Awindi Dughor, a chieftain of the PDP to an unknown destination.”

Another disturbing case, according to the PDP, “was that of Mr. Derrick Mene, the Director of Finance and Administration of the NDDC who with the connivance of security agencies stationed along the road at School to Land axis of Wiiyaakara in Khana Local Government Area, hijacked materials meant for Wards 8, 9, 18 and other wards.”

Bro. Obuah said: “Mr. Mene took the hijacked materials to his hotel at Wiiyaakara where they thump-printed and wrote results, and that he called on the Inspector-General of Police and the Army authorities to move in immediately and recover those materials.”

The PDP also said that the private residence of Magnus Abe was used as the Collation Center for collating of Gokana results.

The PDP Chairman stated that the party having reviewed the entire exercise last Saturday came to the conclusion that there was no election in Khana LGA, calling on INEC to cancel the re-run elections in the LGA as it has been marred by irregularities and orchestrated violence by the APC against members of the PDP.

The PDP drew the attention of “INEC, APC and its collaborators namely Army, SARS and Police which mortgaged its conscience to declare Magnus Abe, Barry Mpigi and the other APC candidates in Rivers South East winners to the consequences of going to equity with unclean hands.”

“If Magnus Abe knows God, he cannot lay claim to stolen results. Thieves are not Christians, unless he is telling us that he is a thief.  It’s very ungodly to steal. Magnus Abe and his cohorts have robed the people,” Obuah declared.

Meanwhile, also on Monday, Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said that APC would reject the result of Rivers East Senatorial District rerun election.

Peterside, who jointly leads Rivers APC with Transportation Minister Chibuike Amaechi, told a news conference in Port Harcourt that the collation of the district’s election results was marred with irregularities.

He said that information available to the party showed that results of some local government areas in the district had not been collated.

Peterside, the Deputy Leader of the party in the state, also alleged that due process was not followed in announcing the results.

“You are aware that elections were inconclusive in Etche Local Government Area; the results for Emohua Local Government Area have not been collated, the results for Port Harcourt City Local Government Area were partially collated.

“The APC agent was beaten at the collation centre in Port Harcourt. Without him being present, the result was announced in favour of the PDP candidate.

“Whatever result is declared for Rivers East will be ridiculing democracy; APC will not accept any of that.”

Peterside said the APC would use constitutional means to resist the alleged irregularities.

•Additional reports from NAN.

Source: News Express

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