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APC says PDP allegation over party’s interference with election tribunals untrue

All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of lying by alleging interference by the security agencies with cases before election petition tribunals.

In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, called the allegation a futile attempt by PDP to pull wool over the eyes of Nigerians.

It alleged that the party was trying to cover the true situation concerning the case before the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal, which precipitated the PDP accusation in the first instance.

It said the invitation of officials from the Rivers office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was prompted by a petition to the Inspector-General and Director-General, Department of State Services by the APC.

It alleged that the officials were colluding with PDP to deny APC access to key documents used for the last Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

It named those in the APC petition to the security agencies as the Rivers REC, Mrs Gesila Khan; Administrative Secretary, Mr Obijuru Royson; Head of Operations Department, Bocco Ekong and Legal Officer, Fumi Gaffar.

“Therefore, the PDP wolf crying over a conspiracy it orchestrated with the Rivers INEC to deny the APC access to documents used for the said elections amounts to lies and distorting facts.

“This persistent refusal to release the documents is happening despite a valid order from the Tribunal and in a clear violation of Section 77 (1) and (2) and other provisions of the Electoral Act.

“In addition, there is also a deliberate effort by the conspirators (Rivers INEC and the PDP) to destroy the documents so as not to allow the APC to have access to them, and then report their loss to the police.

“One of such cases was filed on June 29 at Akinima Police Station in the Ahoada West Council Area,’’ the statement alleged further.


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