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  • on 13.04.2015
  • at 03:18 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

Nigeria: APC Demands Cancellation of Rivers Governorship Election 0

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has demanded the cancellation of the results of Saturday’s governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state and the conduct of fresh elections. The party’s candidate, Dakuku Peterside, lost to his Peoples Democratic Party opponent, Nyesom Wike, in the governorship election.

In a petition dated April 12 to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, the party alleged that the Commission’s officials colluded with security operatives to compromise the integrity of the electoral process in virtually all the 23 local government areas of the state.

The APC alleged in the petition, signed by its chairman, Davies Ibiamu, that the electoral officers in almost all the local government areas withheld the unit, ward and local government result sheets and handed over ballot papers to the PDP thugs guarded by heavily armed soldiers, police and State Security Service operatives.

It said in direct contradiction of the INEC Chairman’s directive that card readers must be used for the election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Geisla Khan, directed the electoral officers to ignore the card readers and manually accredit voters.

The party said in more than 70 per cent of the polling units where there were semblance of elections, the officials refused to utilize the card readers.

It claimed that the sole purpose of the refusal to utilize the card readers was to defeat the avowed objectives of the card readers which are the prevention of rigging through unlawful thumb-printing of ballot papers and writing of results for persons who were never accredited and who never voted.

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