From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to go to the tribunal as a wasteful venture, expressing optimism that its candidate and the Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, would still emerge victorious.
The PDP chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Jerry Needam, notes that in as much as it is normal and democratic for election result to be challenged justifiably, it finds the Rivers APC’s case as not yielding any positive result.
The PDP said APC doers not have any authentic evidence to justify their claims of the exercises being compromised by the INEC officials, the security agencies and the PDP in the State.
The Party, cautioning Governor Amaechi, Dakuku, Ikanya and other APC chieftains on their actions, says it is aware that they have procured and are funding productions of fake and doctored video footages, which are currently being produced in known video studios in Port Harcourt and two other Local Government Council Areas in the State.
Reacting to a statement credited to the State APC chairman, Davis Ibiamu Ikanya, claiming that their effort was to reclaim the party’s mandate, the PDP explains that it was the PDP mandate that was stolen by Governor Amaechi and the APC that has been recovered.
Stressing that Rivers people have spoken through their overwhelming votes for the PDP and the Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike at the polls.
“The PDP has nothing to fear in case Ikanya and his team of bad losers approach the Tribunal. Our concern is the fact that they should rather prepare to go to jail for the numerous electoral frauds committed not only in Rivers but in other States during the March 28 and April 11 elections, including Sokoto, Kano, Abia, Imo, Kaduna, Bauchi, Jigawa etc.
The PDP also expresses concerns and calls attention of the International community and INEC to the continued hiring of groups and local people, decorating them as foreign or accredited local observers with huge sum paid to them by Governor Amaechi as inducement only for them to condemn the conduct of the elections in the State.
“The latest of these actions was yesterday’s (Thursday) event in which Sen. Magnus Abe gathered an obscure group of persons in Ogoni and paid each person a paltry sum of N200, 000 to bear false witness to discredit elections that have been applauded to be free and fair, and which outcome has given the people of the State their choice Governor-elect, Barr Wike and other duly elected citizens of the State.
“The PDP therefore, calls on the public not to be deceived by the lies peddled around by the APC supporters about the upturning of the election results as such are an imagination of underdogs, calling on Rivers people to support the incoming governor, Chief Nyesom Wike who has assured the State of better deal,” he said.