APC Candidate Rejects PDP's Victory in Rivers, Makes 1 Demand From INEC
- The APC candidate in the Rivers state governorship election, Tonye Cole, has rejected the result of the election over irregularities
- Cole called on INEC to cancel the March 18 governorship election in the state, citing widespread violence emanated during the poll
- INEC has declared Siminalayi Fubara of the PDP, the anointed candidate of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, as the winner of the poll
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Port Harcourt, Rivers - Tonye Cole, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 18 Rivers state governorship election, has rejected the result of the poll.
According to Channels Television, Cole said the mandate of the people of Rivers state had been stolen in the just concluded election in the state.
Why APC rejects Rivers governorship election result, asks INEC for cancellation
The APC candidate revealed this during a joint press conference with other political party candidates, including Sobomabo Jackrich of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) and Tonye Ibraye, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has earlier announced Siminalayi Fubara, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the winner of Saturday's governorship election in the state.
Fubara, the "anointed" candidate of the state governor, Nyesom Wike, garnered 302,614 votes ahead of Tonye Cole, who polled 95,274 votes.
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But the candidate of the APC called for the cancellation of the election, alleging that there was “widespread violence and irregularities”.
He then urged his supporters to remain calm, adding that he has started making moves to reclaim their stolen mandate.
On their part, the NRM and ADC candidates, who had earlier stepped down for Cole during the electioneering, said the March 18 governorship election in the state was characterized by violence and intimidation, adding that the situation was too visible to ignore by the electoral body.
Guber candidates protest at police headquarters over intimidation in Rivers
Legit.ng earlier reported that some governorship candidates in Rivers state have staged protests at the state police headquarters over alleged intimidation from Governor Nyesom Wike.
Wike was accused of sponsoring some security operatives to arrest and detain supporters and members of the opposition parties.
The governorship candidates are asking the police to release those that have been detained and cautioned the governor ahead of the poll.