…Faults Opobo/Nkoro Result
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Chairman of Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Bro. Felix Obuah has rejected the purported disqualification of the PDP Candidate for Akuku-Toru Constituency 2, Tonye Awari Alalibo.
Obuah yesterday described the disqualification as not only illegal and mischievous, but highly vexatious, explaining that “neither Election Petition Tribunal nor the Election Appeal Tribunal, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the power to disqualify any party candidate.
He disclosed that no Election Petition Tribunal or Appeal Tribunal has right to disqualify any candidate, when the issue of disqualification was not part of the subject matter before both the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal.
“Therefore, the purported disqualification of our candidate for Akuku-Toru Constituency 2, when the PDP logo was on the ballot paper and our candidate participated and won the election is preposterous.
“The so-called disqualification is the handiwork of the APC that is doing everything possible to grab power. We are calling on Akuku-Toru people to remain calm and watch events as they unfold.”
Similarly, Bro Obuah described the ceding of result of Opobo/Nkoro State Assembly Election to the APC as a rape of democracy, adding that the results collated from the polling units in all the wards showed Hon. Adonye Diri of the PDP as the clear winner.
The PDP Chairman accused INEC of colluding with the APC to satisfy the defeated governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who was said to have mobilized soldiers on the day of the election and used them to chase away PDP agents, from the collation centre in Opobo, he alleged.