The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said results of the rerun elections in Tai local government area of the state were announced by the statutorily recognised officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the appropriate levels.
The APC, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by the publicity secretary, Senibo Chris Finebone, accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of attempting to foul the air over the release of March 19 rerun election results in Tai.
The statement reads in part, “The attention of the Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the relentless noise on radio, television and in the newspapers by the Rivers State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), through its state chairman, Felix Obuah and the publicity secretary, Samuel Nwanosike attempting to foul the air over the release of March 19 rerun election results for Tai local government area.
“The APC has, so far, repeatedly reminded the PDP that the Electoral Act clearly specifies how results of elections including legislative polls are released and by whom at all levels. The Tai rerun election results were announced by the statutorily recognised INEC officials at the appropriate levels. Whether the Commission had issues to establish about those results is inconsequential, internal and merely administrative.
“The PDP has always talked about a dubious and largely suspect court order they obtained restraining INEC from releasing the said results.
We would like to advise the PDP to confirm whether they can obtain an order against action that has already been taken. Indeed, they should ask themselves whether someone can obtain a court order against the delivery of a child that has already been delivered.
“Assuming without conceding that the PDP has a subsisting court order restraining INEC or its agents from releasing Tai results, under what circumstances can a political party or indeed anyone take an order restraining a statutorily established government entity from performing its constitutional roles?”