The All Progressives Congress (APC) has threatened to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court if it fails to announce the result of last Saturday’s by-election in Port Harcourt 3 Constituency in Rivers State.
Chairman of APC in the state, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Port Harcourt yesterday, said results collected by the party’s Situation Room from its agents at the 142 polling units in the constituency indicate that the party’s candidate was leading comfortably.
Flag-Amachree said: “We believe that INEC is quite informed about the scope and dimensions of its powers with regard to conduct of elections. We call on the commission to immediately conclude the process by announcing the winner of the by-election without delay.
“Results collated by the APC Situation Room from APC agents at the 142 units in PHALGA Constituency 3 indicate that the APC candidate was leading comfortably.
“INEC has no option than to announce the results immediately or meet our party in court. It does not lie in this hand of INEC to determine the outcome of elections; it is for INEC to announce the outcome of elections as determined by the people.”
The APC chairman, who accused Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of trying to allegedly bribe him with N200million, said that his refusal to collect the money prompted the frantic efforts by the governor’s chief security officer to scuttle the exercise.
He said: “Having failed to substantially cow the voters especially APC members among them due to their stoic and resolute determination, Governor Wike reached out to the State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Ojukaye Flag-Amachree pleading to have the chairman’s cooperation and in return get the sum of N200million bribe from him (the governor). Hon Flag-Amachree declined the bribe and promptly reported to the leadership of the APC.
“In a failed mission to bribe Hon Flag-Amachree, Governor Wike and his CSO became more determined to scuttle the by-election by joining forces with their armed hoodlums to shoot sporadically around the polling stations they visited, beating lawful voters and in some cases either destroying or carting away voting materials.
“It appeared that from that moment the governor decided to undertake a smear campaign against Hon Flag-Amachree as demonstrated in his subsequent broadcast and interview.”
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