CHAIRMAN, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, Brother Felix Obuah, has described the alleged grand conspiracy between the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to upturn the mandate of Edo people in the just concluded governorship election as most disappointing and an abuse of the democratic process. The state PDP chairman said this in reaction to the results, as announced by INEC, which he said did not reflect the decision of the people of Edo State. “The broad-day robbery in Edo has evidently exposed APC’s new election rigging strategy which appears to be working out for them, but will definitely fail in Rivers State.” He observed with regret that it was for the same purpose that the remaining legislative re-run elections scheduled for Saturday, July 30 in Rivers were abruptly put off by INEC, to enable the APC perfect their new system of rigging, consolidated at the final collation centre, through compromised INEC officials and security agents. “The PDP is fully aware of the plot and has consistently raised alarm over frequent visits and too close for comfort relationship between the Rivers South-East APC senatorial candidate, Magnus Abe, his benefactor, Chibuike Amaechi, and INEC leaders in Abuja, as well as various security high commands of the police, army and DSS. “But unlike INEC’s dismal outing in Edo State, we do hope that such inciting and crisis inducing attempts by the APC, its agents and hatchet men within the electoral body and security agencies will not contemplate experimenting the Edo saga in Rivers State as that will be vehemently resisted. ‘‘All that we stand for to help our democratic process succeed are free and fair elections where the winner will transparently be seen to have won and the loser convinced of his loss. Anything short of that will definitely amount to an affront to the people of the state,” Obuah declared. Not satisfied with the so- called results of the September 28 gubernatorial election in Edo State as declared by INEC, the PDP chairman said the outcome of the exercise was predetermined by the commission in alliance with the APC. He explained that from the process leading to the conduct of the election, the manner in which security agencies were used in aiding the fraudulent activities by members of the APC, the quick announcement of the cooked up results by the electoral commission, which was a novelty in the life of the present INEC, as well as the speed in which President Buhari congratulated the declared winner, Mr Obaseki, the first of its kind, proved that the electoral process was compromised. “We sympathize with Edo people whose mandate has been misappropriated in an APC controlled government devoid of democratic ideals and practice. It is unfortunate that the true democracy Nigerians yearned for has now been denied. ‘‘Even though it is not yet ‘uhuru’ for the APC and its combined forces, as we believe that the PDP standard bearer, Pastor Ize-Iyamu Osagie, and the good people of Edo will explore every available legal means in seeking justice by challenging the fraudulent outcome of the charade called election by INEC, it is to us a useful development, as it apparently exposes the strategies and options contemplated by APC, INEC and some security agents in the Rivers re-run election expected to be held in the coming weeks.”

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