- Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers state said INEC is allegedly planning to relocate its collation centre for the governorship poll to an undisclosed place
- A court in Abuja earlier ordered the commission to stop the collation and announcement of result of the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in the state
- The INEC national commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, said the court's order was based on electoral violence
Rivers state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party has alleged plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission to move the collation centre for the governorship election from Hotel Presidential to an undisclosed location.
The party claimed that African Action Congress (AAC) and some extraneous forces had asked the commission to relocate the center, Daily Sun reports.
Chairman of the party, Felix Obuah, warned the electoral body not to allow itself to be used to precipitate constitutional crisis in the state.
However, reacting to the allegation, INEC chief press secretary to chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said: “I can tell you categorically that there is no truth in that claim. The commission collation centre in Rivers will not be moved. Please disregard the rumour.''
Recall that Legit.ng reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered the INEC to stop the collation and announcement of the result of the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Rivers state held on Saturday, March 9.
Justice Iyang Ewa ordered the commission to halt its scheduled resumption of the announcement of the result, based on an ex parte application filed by the candidates of the AAC.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the INEC revealed reasons the collation of results of the Rivers state governorship election which held on Saturday, March 9, was stopped.
The INEC national commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, said the electoral body was forced to stop the counting of votes and announcement of results over what he described as a problem at the commission’s office in Port Harcourt.
Haruna explained that before the decision to postpone the announcement of results, INEC had met with security agencies over the matter.
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