Rivers Rerun “Worst Election” Ever, APC Says, Wants INEC To Cancel Polls

John Odigie-Oyegun

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to cancel the entire National and State Assembly rerun elections, which took place in the state last Saturday.

The APC chairman in Rivers State, Davis Ikanya, who made the call in a press briefing in Port Harcourt, the state capital yesterday, described the rerun as the worst election ever conducted by the INEC.

According to Ikanya, the election was marred by irregularities, violence and unnecessary interference from Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and other top government functionaries.

He further said the APC had documented evidence to prove that the election was manipulated in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The APC chief claimed that the security personnel deployed to conduct the election were inadequate, a development he alleged paved the way for the PDP to manipulate the process.

“The Rivers State rerun elections fall below acceptable norms. When we said that the 2015 general election was a fraud, the rerun election held on Saturday was the worst election ever conducted by INEC.

“Wike saturated the state with threats of violence. He threatened INEC officials with violence. He masterminded the killing of people in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area as well as killing of a Major and two soldiers of the Nigerian Army. Some local government areas have no electoral officials while untrained ad hoc staff participated in the election”, he said.

Mr. Ikanya also alleged that INEC cancelled elections in the areas where his party was leading.

“The APC, therefore, calls on INEC to cancel the entire re-run elections in the state to enable it to correct the pitfalls”, he said.


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