- The PDP has rejected INEC’s suspension of all electoral processes in the March 9 polls in Rivers
- The party called on INEC to end its manipulative schemes and immediately declare the result of the governorship election
- The PDP said the suspension exposed the commission’s complicity with the Buhari presidency and the APC to enmesh the election into unnecessary crisis
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s suspension of all electoral processes in the Saturday, March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers has been rejected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement sent to Legit.ng, called on the electoral commission to immediately declare the result of the state governorship election.
Ologbondiyan described the suspension as a premeditated plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to change the wishes of the people of the state, and called on INEC to “end its manipulative schemes”.
He said the PDP rejected the electoral commission’s decision to suspend the electoral process after results had been collated.
The statement read: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to end its manipulative schemes and immediately declare the result of the March 9, 2019 Rivers state governorship election.
“The party rejects the decision by INEC to suspend the electoral process in the state, after results have been collated.
“The PDP alerts that this is a premeditated plan by the APC-led federal government to use the instrument of INEC and security agencies to truncate the wishes of the Rivers people as already delivered at the polling units.
“Our party contends that elections have been concluded in Rivers state; results of the governorship and House of Assembly polls have been declared at the various polling units, wards and local government collation centers and all returning officers and political parties in the ballot conclusively have the figures.
“It is therefore directly incumbent on INEC to declare the final results instead of deliberately creating openings for the subversion of the final process; a development, which exposes the commission’s complicity with the Buhari presidency and the APC to enmesh the election into unnecessary crisis.
“Our party cautions INEC to note that a lot of innocent Nigerians have already been killed by the APC in its desperation to forcefully take over Rivers state. The commission should therefore save the state from more bloodletting by immediately declaring the results.”
The party also urged the president to to reflect on the bloodletting that characterized the March 9 polls. It pointed out that many Nigerians believe the situation would have been averted if he (Buhari) had signed the amendment to the Electoral Act.
It added: “Mr President should immediately call the security agencies (who have been annexed as departments of the APC) to end their siege to our electoral process. Any further delay is a recipe for escalation of crisis in our nation.”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that INEC suspended the electoral processes in Rivers state, citing widespread irregularities.
In a statement signed by Festus Okoye, INEC's national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, the electoral body said its decision to suspend the elections was based on "reports from our officials in the field".
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