The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led
Peoples Democratic Party has declared Saturday’s rerun elections in Rivers
State as a rape of democracy.
It also said that the party
contested against many government institutions during the polls.
It listed the institutions to include
the security agents, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the All
Spokesperson for the faction of the
party, Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
Adeyeye also rejected the declaration
of Magnus Abe as the winner of the Rivers South-East senatorial district
He asked the security agencies to
stop disgracing Nigeria.
Adeyeye also condemned, in strong
terms, the delay by INEC in releasing the remaining results of the polls.
Adeyeye said, “The result, which
declared Magnus Abe of the APC winner, is an unprecedented massive manipulation
of the electoral process in active connivance with the security agencies.
“The whole world knows that
election did not take place in the Rivers South-East senatorial district. We,
therefore, reject the victorious declaration of Abe with the fabricated
results. We demand INEC to cancel the election in that constituency and conduct
a fresh poll.
“We promise to avail ourselves of
every opportunity to seek redress on this matter in the interest of democracy
and that of the constituents who were denied their right to vote.
“It was a nightmare and a complete
reversal of their constitutional mandates of safeguarding the territorial
integrity of the country and the protection of lives and property.”
He alleged that there were
incontrovertible evidences that the security agencies worked for the APC
against the interest of Rivers people.
He further alleged that the
security agencies followed the directives of the National Chairman of the APC,
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and that of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State
during the mega rally of the APC.
He said, “There is no gainsaying
that the rerun elections in Rivers State were not a contest between political
parties. It was majorly a contest that pitted the PDP against the Army, the
Police, the INEC, the APC, and the Federal Government of Nigeria represented by
the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and others.”
However, the leadership of the APC
has described the allegations of the PDP as unfounded and expected.
The ruling party advised the PDP to
seek legal redress if it lacked the courage to accept defeat.
The Independent National Electoral
Commission has declared the senatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic
Party in Rivers-West, Osinachukwu Ideozu, the winner of the election in the
The Returning Officer for the
senatorial district, Prof Raphael Echebiri, announced that Ideozu got 107,166
votes to defeat his opponent from the All Progressives Congress, Otelemaba
Amachree, who polled 46,898 votes.
There was, however, widespread
jubilation among PDP supporters as the news of Ideozu victory broke.