Undaunted by the purported threat by the All Progressives Congress APC, leadership to challenge the governorship election results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC at the Tribunal, the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has described such decision by the APC as a wasteful venture, expressing optimism that its candidate and the Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, will still emerge victorious.
The PDP chairman, Brother Felix Obuah, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Jerry Needam, noted that in as much as it is normal and democratic for election result to be challenged, it found the Rivers APC’s case as not yielding any positive result, as they did 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.
Cautioning Governor Amaechi, Dakuku, Ikanya and other APC chieftains on their actions, the party disclosed that it was aware that they had procured and were funding productions of fake and doctored video footages, currently being produced in known video studios in Port Harcourt and two other local government council areas in the state to achieve their aim.
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 explained that it was the PDP mandate that was stolen by Governor Amaechi and the APC that had been recovered, stressing that Rivers people had spoken through their overwhelming votes for the PDP and the Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike at the polls.
“We have 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 expressed concern and called 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 sums 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 Thursday event at which Senator 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 had been applauded to be free and fair, and its outcome which has given the people of the state their choice Governor-elect, Barr Wike and other duly elected citizens of the state.
“It is regrettable that Chief Ikanya and his co-travelers have refused to accept the reality and join forces with the real progressives and democratic minds, to move the state forward,” he said.