AAC Kicks As PDP Commends INEC’s Decision On Rivers Elections
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State chapter, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its decision to resume process in the suspended March 9 Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
The PDP said it commends INEC for “standing by the truth and for its courage and principled determination to ensure that the votes of the people of Rivers State as freely and overwhelmingly expressed on the 9th of March 2019 in favour of the PDP effectively count.”
The commendation came after the commission announced on Friday night that it has in safe custody the complete collated results of the suspended elections in 17 local Government Areas of the State, and that it would on March 20 issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the election in the State.
INEC made the announcement after receiving the report of its investigation committee set up to probe the violence and other alleged electoral violations that led to the suspension of the poll on March 10.
The Rivers PDP also hailed the Nigerian Army authorities for setting up a committee to investigate the alleged involvement of soldiers in the process that led to the suspension of the elections, as well as the alleged assassination attempt on its governorship candidate, Governor Nyesom Wike, by soldiers.
In a statement by its chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, the Rivers PDP also said it wishes to “call on the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Adamuto institute a similar panel to probe the brazen involvement of the Rivers State Commander of F-SARS, Mr. Akin Fakorode and his gang of police operatives in the organized invasion of polling units, collation centers, abduction of electoral officers and the shooting and killing of innocent persons during the general elections at Khana, Gokana, Ikwerre, Eleme, Tai, Oyigbo and Ogu/Bolo Local Governments of the State.
“As we speak, one of the victims of Akin Fakorode’s assault, Dr. Ferry Gberegbe, a senior lecturer at the Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic has died of gunshot wounds, while Mr. Marvin Lezor Kpea-ue, Raymond Ledogo and several persons are presently battling with life-threatening injuries inflicted on them by Akin Fakorode and his murderous gang,” said the party.
Meanwhile, the African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers State has condemned INEC’s decision to resume the election process, rejecting the commission’s claim “that governorship and state assembly elections results were available for seventeen (17) LGAs”.
Speaking in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Felix William, the Rivers AAC said, “Sadly, we are curiously surprised and disappointed that INEC deliberately refused to name the 17 local government areas.
“As far as this information is concerned, it is manifestly false and the attempt to shroud the LGAs claimed to have results in secrecy is a serious step by INEC to sway the outcome of the process in favour of Gov. Nyesom Wike, its preferred candidate,” said the party.
It urged INEC to declare its candidate winner of the governorship election because “it was glaring that he was winning until INEC stepped in to halt the process apparently to save Wike from an earth-shaking defeat”.