Governor Rotimi Amaechi has accused the electoral commissioner in charge of the Rivers State of deliberately truncating the electoral process in the state so as to favour President Jonathan.
Speaking to Channels Television on Sunday morning, March 29, Amaechi called on INEC to conduct fresh elections in Rivers State, alleging that no elections were conducted according to what he witnessed.
He said: “I realised that in all polling units in my ward, all the result sheets had been hijacked and I sought to know why (and) the presiding officers reported that the EOs, that is the Electoral Officers had taken all the result sheets from them.
“Then I began to receive calls from all over the state that they took all the result sheets. I then called the Electoral Commissioner in charge of Rivers State who hails from Bayelsa and shared the same office with the President when the President was working with OMPADEC.
“All she was saying was that as far as she was concerned there were result sheets and I said look ‘There are reports all over the state can you please verify that?’ She refused to say anything further and switched off her phone.”
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Amaechi claims were also buttressed by the findings of international observers who were dissatisfied with the way elections were conducted in Rivers.
According to Premium Times, Jennifer Lyne, who led led a team of international observers cited widespread irregularities in the way INEC conducted the Saturday election.
"We are not satisfied with the way the election was conducted
“The election was not credible and was marred by irregularities, she said.
Meanwhile, the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Port Harcourt was on Sunday Besieged by thousands of APC supporters demanding the cancellation of Saturday’s elections.