*Says it loses confidence in Jega
By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-THE Peoples Democratic Party,PDP,has protested the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC,to investigate the petition of the opposition All Progressives Congress,APC,against last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State.
The party particularly accused the commission’s chairman,Prof. Attahiru Jega of not only being bias but also partial and tribalistic.
Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,Elder Godsday Orubebe and Col.Bello Fadile,who represented the party at the Presidential Election Results Collation Centre,at the International Conference Centre,ICC,Abuja, accused the INEC boss of secretly working for the APC.
Elder Orubebe,who led the protest,wondered why the INEC chairman constituted an investigative panel and sent same to Rivers State to look into the petition from the APC,while it failed to act in like manner on its petition against elections in seven states of the North.
The PDP representatives,whose open protest temporarily halted proceedings at the collation centre,said the party had lost confidence in both Jega and his INEC,and demanded expeditious treatment of its petition against the elections in some states of the North.
Some of the states, according to the party,are Jigawa,Kano,Katsina,Gombe,Bauchi.