By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of allegedly manipulating the result of the just concluded governorship election in Edo State in favour of All Progressives Congress, APC.
Warning that such alleged irregularity will not be tolerated in the coming re-run elections in Rivers State, Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Mr Nwanosike Sam, weekend in Port Harcourt, said that the result finally released by INEC on the election did not tally with what was collated at most of the polling units in Edo State.
He commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for giving Nigerians credible elections, recalling that in an election conducted by the former President, Edo State people were allowed to freely vote Adams Oshiomole as governor even though he was in an opposition party.
He said: “The result that was announced in Edo State did not correspond with the results collated from most of the polling units. We commend former President Jonathan for showing Nigerians that he could supervise a credible election. As an opposition party candidate, the outgoing governor of Edo State won an election conducted by the PDP. But today, they will not allow the will of the people in that state to prevail.”
Calling on INEC to fix a date for the re-run elections in Rivers State, the PDP image maker said the people will resist any attempt by the electoral body to announce result for Tai Local Government Area of the state, insisting that no re-run election took place there in the last March 19 re-run election.
He later admitted about 1,500 members of the APC in Ubima community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, who decamped to the PDP.
Abiola Owele, Dike Gladys and others who spoke for the decampees, said they had to leave the APC because they had allegedly been abandoned by the party.