Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Barely 48 hours to the long awaited conclusion of the rescheduled legislative re-run elections in parts of Rivers State, has the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) said it has uncovered plans by the All Progressives Congress, (APC) to rig the election.
They alleged that APC is conniving with the security agencies, to hijack and swap the original result sheets for fake ones during the Saturday, December 10, 2016 election.
The PDP in a statement by its Rivers State Chapter Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said the agreement was sealed in a secret meeting between the State leadership of the APC, security agents and the electoral body at the residence of one of the APC’s chieftains in Port Harcourt.
The Statement noted that no decision was reached at their first meeting owing to INEC’s insistence on involvement of security agents to perfect the deal.
“On how to execute the plot, the statement further said that certain persons hired and equipped for the assignment will cause crisis in each of the collation centres to enable the security agents come in under the pretext to calm the situation and while the melee lasts, the fake INEC result sheets will be substituted for the genuine ones.
“I therefore warned against any attempt by the APC, INEC officials and security personnel to scuttle this last opportunity to settle these election issues in the State by taking sides in the election and, or indulging in any act(s) that will cause crisis in the State.”
According to him, all PDP agents have been asked to be peaceful, law-abiding but to insist that the right is done and never to be intimidated by anybody.
“Let me restate that we are ready for this election having campaigned adequately, demonstrated that we have all it takes to give our people quality leadership through Gov NyesomWike’s landmark achievements in one and half years which our good people of Rivers State have seen and acknowledged and are willing to reciprocate by filing out in their numbers on Saturday to confirm.
We will not therefore take it kindly with any act, overtly or covertly aimed to ridicule the Saturday’s exercise.