PDP, APC berate INEC over Rivers’
Both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP and the opposition , All Progressives Congress(APC) in Rivers state have taken a swipe on the Independent National Electoral Commission,(INEC) over the state and National Assembly rerun elections in the state.
The PDP has specifically challenged the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Rivers State, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak , to provide evidence of a Court of Appeal judgment which he cited as the reason for the disqualification of its candidate for Akuku-Toru Constituency 2, Mr. Tonye Alalibo.
On it’s part, the APC has blamed its failure in the rerun elections in Rivers state to alleged compromise of INEC officials and security agents.
PDP chairman, Felix Obuah, said Ikoiwak’s claims that INEC acted in compliance with the judgments of the Election Tribunal and Court of Appeal, was merely meant to deceive the public when it does not have any evidence to justify its action.
Obuah faulted INEC ‘s decision, explaining that there is no court judgment to show that both the party and its candidate were excluded from participating in the election as alleged by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State.
He challenged Ikoiwak to produce and make public any of such evidence to justify his action, or the commission should revert its decision and declare the PDP candidate, Mr. Tonye Alalibo, who scored the highest number of votes winner, to demonstrate its professed neutrality and uprightness.
“No Election Petition Tribunal or Appeal Court has right to disqualify any candidate, when the issue of disqualification was not part of the subject matter before them, and INEC on its part lacks power to disqualify the PDP candidate” he said.
On his part, the APC chairman in the state, Davis Ikanya, has reiterated that his party outright rejection of the results so far announced by INEC calling for a total cancellation fresh rerun polls.
He explained that after a careful study of the facts on ground, the party has finally resolved to remain uncompromising in rejection of the results of the March 19, 2016 rerun elections so far announced by INEC as they do not in any way reflect the current political realities on ground in Rivers State.
“From the police leadership to most of the INEC officials and INEC ad-hoc staff, the characters that organised the 2015 general elections were the same characters that organised the March 19, 2016 rerun elections and it will be foolhardy to expect any different result. All these characters were set up by the former disgraced PDP administration rejected by Nigerians during the 2015 polls” he said.
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