The All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State have traded accusations over the bombing of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was bombed yesterday in Bori-Ogoni, the traditional headquarters of Ogoniland and the seat of Khana Local Government Area of the state.
Some yet-to-be identified persons early hours of Friday bombed the office barely a week to the July 30 inconclusive rerun in Rivers State.
The rerun will hold in eight LGAs, spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.
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The Rivers PDP Chairman, Chief Felix Obuah, through his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam, accused members of the APC in the state of bombing the INEC office in Bori, in view of their unpreparedness for the polls.
Mr. Obuah claimed that bombing of the INEC office was part of APC’s plots to ensure that the July 30 rerun was postponed, alleging that the party (APC) was not ready for the elections.
“It is another deliberate action by the APC to create a state of insecurity, not only in Khana LGA and the Ogoni area, but in Rivers State as a whole, apparently to justify their demand for the postponement of the election, having realised that its candidates in the election from the area will not succeed in the poll”, he alleged.
But, the state Chairman of APC, Chief Davies Ikanya, through the party’s Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, declared in a telephone interview that Obuah, Needam and other members of the PDP in the state should be held responsible for the arson, insisting that APC members were fully prepared for the elections.