The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has rejected the results of Saturday’s fraudulent elections released Monday by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Mrs. Gesila Khan.
In the released results, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared winner of the election in Rivers by a wide margin, while all the Senatorial and House of Representatives’ seats in the state, according to Khan, also won by the PDP’s candidates, in spite of the non-availability of original result sheets during the elections.
The Director of Communications of Rivers APC’s Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside’s Greater Together Campaign Organisation, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, declared that the released results were unacceptable, but asked the members of the party in the state to remain calm and law abiding.
Semenitari said: “The REC of INEC in Rivers State, Mrs. Gesila Khan, has just engineered a rape of democracy in Rivers State. Mrs. Khan, who made no pretense as to her bias for the PDP, Monday denied the over one million APC voters in Rivers State their voice. This is not acceptable to us and we reiterate our call for the cancellation of all elections in Rivers State.
“Mrs. Khan was kept abreast of all protests of the APC by its state party agent, Barr. Achinike William–Wobodo, whom her staff unceremoniously sent out of the collation centre on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
“Besides the seven petitions before her (Rivers REC of INEC), written and signed by Barr. William-Wobodo, Mrs. Khan is aware that a petition from Rivers State is before the Chairman of INEC (Prof. Attahiru Jega) and he has announced investigations into the Rivers State case. The APC in Rivers State rejects in its totality, the false and misleading results presented by Mrs. Khan.”
The Rivers APC’s governorship candidate’s director of communications, who doubles as the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, also expressed optimism that the results of the sham elections in Rivers would be cancelled, the REC removed and a new date for fresh polls announced by Jega, described as a man of integrity.