Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, has condemned the conduct of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi during the March 28 Presidential/National Assembly elections.
In a statement issued by the PDP Deputy Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee Campaign Organisation, Prince Shedrack Akolokwu and the Secretary Opubo Daminbo, the party noted that Governor Amaechi was only in his polling unit 14 Ward 8, Ubima in his village in Ikwerre Local Government Area as a voter and not as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC officer or any other electoral body.
It also criticised what it described as “subsequent unguarded and irresponsible comments by the governor,” stressing that it was an understandable show of his frustration.
“The governor had out of curiosity instructed APC members to shun voting, giving his reason as the refusal of some presiding officers to show him the result sheets and non-availability of voting materials while other party officials complained of collusion among INEC officials, the security agents and PDP to disenfranchise APC members.”
The PDP stated that such being the case, he had no right to demand from the presiding officer the result sheet which is a sensitive voting material, pointing out that there was no provision in the Electoral Act that gives Amaechi any right to demand the result sheet, when he knew it should not by law be given to him.
‘’The subsequent directive by Governor Amaechi to his APC members to demand for the result sheets all over the state was aimed purely at disrupting an election, which he knew he would lose. He just played to the gallery to masquerade his disgrace,’’ the party said, adding that it was happy that the electorate ignored him and massively exercised their franchise.
‘’Elections were conducted by INEC in all the 4,442 polling units in the 319 electoral wards in Rivers State on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Governor Amaechi’s account showed that he arrived at his polling unit for accreditation and voting.
“On arrival at the polling centre, he met, saw electoral officials on duty and his relations already there for accreditation and voting. The mere fact that he stormed out like a spoilt child because his unlawful request was not obliged by INEC officials, did not prevent law abiding citizens from performing their civic duty to vote. This gives a lie to all the ranting of the governor,’’ the party said
The PDP expressed delight at the turnout of voters on the election day, saying, ‘’We salute the voters in Rivers State for their massive turnout and urge them to come out likewise on April 11, 2015 to vote for the PDP and all its candidates.’’

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