- The APC in Rivers state has alleged that INEC wants to favour Governor Nyesom Wike as collation of results resumes
- According to the APC, Wike is desperate to steal the mandate of Biokpomabo Awara, candidate of African Action Congress (AAC),
- Specifically, the party described the resumption of collation in the state as a mere charade, well-organised and choreographed by INEC
The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is planning to favour Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as collation of results of the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections resumes.
APC's publicity secretary, Chris Finebone, who made the allegation on Sunday, March 31, in Port Harcourt, said Wike wants to use his desperation to deprive the state’s governorship candidate of African Action Congress (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara, his mandate.
“We condemn in strong terms, the so-called timeline and activities to conclude the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers state, as announced at the stakeholders meeting. It is a mere charade, well-organised and choreographed by INEC, in its bid to work from answer to question.
“The ultimate result can only be to announce their (INEC’s) preferred partner and collaborator (Wike) as the winner, against the AAC’s governorship candidate (Awara), who was clearly in the lead before collation was aborted (on March 10). Whether INEC will succeed in its machinations will be seen in the days to come.
“Several actions of INEC had prepared the minds of many that the entire exercise was skewed to favour Wike and the PDP, leaving in the process, several questions without answers.
“How come that Wike knew about the 17 local government areas, which results had been allegedly collated and had posted same on his (Wike’s) official Twitter handle, long before INEC made the announcement? Answers to this and other questions will continue to hang on the neck of INEC like an albatross.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers on Friday, March 29, condemned the recent ban on the public rallies and protests in the state by the state governor, Nyesom Wike.
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The party said this through a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the capital of the state, by Chris Finebone, its publicity secretary.
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