Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Thousands of supporters of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State yesterday protested what they described as the highest impunity and electoral fraud manipulated by the People Democratic Party (PDP) and its partners in crime.
The protest which started from Rivers State government House to the office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by 12PM caused a major traffic jam at the popular Aba road express way.
Some of the party bigwigs and Local government leaders who led the protest said they decided to mobilize their supporters to tell the world that APC in Rivers State did not participate in Saturday’s Presidential and National House of Assemblies election in Rivers State.
They alleged that result sheets were not distributed in all the units in Rivers State, adding that Police and INEC collaborated in distributing fake result sheets in all the polling units in Rivers State.
the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local government Hon. Mina Tende who led his supporters to the INEC office said results are missing all over the state during the presidential election in the state.
He said as the Local government chairman he went to INEC office by 2pm on Saturday to complain about the situation but nobody listen to him.
He alleged that when agent of PDP realized that the people were demanding for the result sheets all over the polling units in the state they started distributing fake result sheets.
“We are here to tell the world that there was no election in Rivers State, our people boycotted the election and such election cannot be called election. There were two observers at the INEC office in Ogu/Bolo and I told that I have never seen it this way.
“I also told the Resident Electoral Commissioner that I expected her to go round and see things for herself. in other way, there is a connivance and a plan to do what they did, as I am talking to now it has been confirmed that INEC were paid 15 million each in all the LGA and that is what they used in buying the result sheets.
Another APC chieftain, Hon Welendu Amadi , a former Local government chairman in Ikwerre LGA said, “ We are saying that the election did not hold everybody in Rivers State know that by numerical strength we have more population than PDP. We pulled out because we don’t know where the result will be written from.
“It is a simple thing, the truth is clear that they want to rig but we are telling Goodluck Jonathan that if he wants to ring he should rig well. What he has done to the nation shows that he lacks capacity to even rig, he should learn how to rig. We are here to tell the world that there is no election in Rivers State”
The governorship candidate of APC in Rivers State Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside while reacting on the peaceful protest said there was no election in Rivers state.
“We are calling on the electoral commissioner in Rivers State and the INEC chairman to cancel Rivers State election and reschedule it. The last election was manipulated by the Rivers State electoral commissioner and her cohorts. We will not and cannot accept anything out of this fraudulent election.”