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PDP rejects Rivers Re-Run Elections, says Security Agencies Stop Disgracing Nigeria

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the
delay by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in
releasing the remaining collated results of the just concluded Rivers
State Re-Run Elections of last Saturday.

It also rejected the only result that has been released which declared Magnus Abe of the APC Winner, noting that it “is an unprecended massive manipulation of the electoral process in active connivance with the security agencies. The whole world
know that elections did not take place in the Rivers South East
Senatorial District. We therefore reject the declaration of Magnus Abe
with the fabricated results, and demand INEC to conduct election in that
Constituency. We promise to avail ourselves every opportunity to seek
redress on this matter in the interest of democracy and that of the
constituents who are denied their right to vote.”

A statement by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said: National Publicity Secretary said: “The Results that are being witheld are: Rivers West and East Senatorial Districts, Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency and Andoni State House of Assembly Constituency. We have the results declared at the various polling units which show that, Senator George Abiye Sekibo of the PDP won the Rivers East Senatorial District while Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu also of the PDP won the Rivers West Senatorial District, respectively.

“Equally, we make bold to state that Hon. Abiante and Ikunyi Ibani both
of the PDP won their respective elections into Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro
Federal Constituency and Andoni State Constituency, respectively.

“INEC is currently witholding these results in cohort with security
agencies to pave way for the APC to manipulate the outcome of the
Elections. We urge INEC to immediately release the affected results
intact. Anything short of this is unacceptable and the INEC, security
agencies and the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi should be held
responsible in whatever manner the people of Rivers State decide to
react for robbing them of their votes.

“We again condemn in totality, the adverse role of the Nigerian Army,
the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other security agencies
during this Re-run Elections in Rivers State. It was a nightmare and a
complete reversal of their constitutional mandates of safeguarding the
territorial integrity of the Country and the protection of lives and
properties. There are incontrovertible evidences that the security
agencies worked for the APC against the interest of the Rivers
people.They followed the directives of the APC Chairman, John Oyegun and
Governor Ganduje of Kano State during the Mega Rally of the APC. They
killed, they maimed, they harrased all in the desperate need to help the
APC win at all cost. Very sad!

“It is trite that the Army dishonorably left their primary
assignments and worked assiduously with INEC in collusion with the APC
leaders in Rivers State led by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi
and mindlessly wrote the results that produced Senator Magnus Abe in
Rivers South-East Senatorial District. This action depicts sheer rape on
democracy.

” It is no gainsaying that this Re-run Elections in Rivers State was
not only a contest between political parties but mostly the PDP in
contest with the Army, the Police, the INEC, the APC, and the Federal
Government of Nigeria represented by the Honourable Minister of
Transport, Rotimi Amaechi and co manipulators.

“We therefore call on all Nigerians to rise up to this challenge and
stop the Federal Government, the APC and INEC from organizing
undemocratic elections as witnessed in most part of Rivers State and
other previous elections in the Country since the assumption of this
government. If Nigerian elections travesty continues, it’s goodnight to
democracy.

“Finally, we once again call on the international community to
intervene to save our democracy from total collapse. The consequences of
this electoral inpunity on the part of the APC administration has both
national and International ramifications. International community must
not remain silent in the face of this onslaught on Nigerian democracy.”

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