The leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-South geo- political zone has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to as a matter of urgency, release the remaining results of the just concluded re-run election in Rivers State in the interest of the political advancement of the nation.
Chairman of the party in the zone, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, in a statement, on Sunday, condemned in strong terms, INEC’s alleged activities in the Rivers State re-run election, arguing that INEC has no powers to cancel any result once announced at the poling unit.
Maintaining that the Electoral Act was clear on the issue, Ojougboh said the eight local government re-run election results purportedly cancelled by INEC were overwhelmingly won by the PDP.
He alleged that the violence and insecurity in Rivers State were caused by the attempt by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State to wrestle parliamentary seats from PDP.
He said: “In the state where there is a popular sitting governor that is performing maximally and loved by the good people of Rivers State, the APC wants to destabilize the government and the train of progress by attempting to infiltrate the House of Assembly through the back door.”
Enjoining Governor Nyesom Wike to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers State and not allow himself to be distracted by the antics of the APC, Ojougboh told the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amechi, to concentrate on his federal appointment and strive to contribute his quota to the well-being of the people of the South-South.
Stressing the need for Mr Amechi to use his position to attract development to the South-South zone and work with other indigenes of the zone to promote their collective interests, the PDP zonal boss told the Federal Government to do everything to accord the South-South zone the attention it deserves in the scheme of things.
On the inconclusive nature of elections in Kogi State, Ojougboh berated INEC for not being thorough and questioned the rationale behind the alleged award of votes of a dead man to an individual who never participated in the governorship election in Kogi State.