The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conclude the collation process for Rivers and Bauchi States, saying that the losers can approach the Election Tribunal to seek redress.
PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who made the call yesterday when the party’s NWC paid a solidarity visit to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at Government House, Port Harcourt, said it is illegal for anyone to stop an election midway.
Secondus said: “I call on the INEC Chairman not to drag the country into crisis because of inconclusive elections. This manoeuvre is not good for the nation’s democracy.
“He should go ahead and conclude the process of elections in Rivers and Bauchi States. We should move ahead. Those aggrieved should approach the tribunal”.
The PDP National Chairman, who stated that leadership of the party are with Wike, said: “We are here to say that we stand with you. We have prayed with you in private and we are standing with you at this crucial and trying moment. We ask God almighty to ensure that you cross this red sea.”
Speaking during the visit, PDP National Secretary, Ibrahim Tsauri, called on the military should concentrate on the protecting the nation’s territorial integrity instead of getting involved in election matters.
Tsauri stated that the negative involvement of the military in the Rivers State governorship election is a threat to nation’s democracy.
He said: “The military should protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria. They should not be involved in Electoral Matters. The involvement of the military in the governorship election of Rivers State is an attempt to truncate the nation’s democracy.”
The PDP secretary, who called on INEC, security agencies and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to work within the law at all times, urged the electoral umpire do what is right regarding the Governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State by declaring the results.
Tsauri described the Rivers State governor as a pillar of the party, who worked for the PDP when it mattered most.
He said: “We are here to identify with you. If we talk of PDP, Rivers State is the first to be mentioned and you are the pillar of the party. We are confident that justice will be done. God is with you and the people of Rivers State are with you.”
The PDP secretary noted that the people of Rivers State voted overwhelmingly for Rivers State Governor because of his excellent works.
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said the enemies of the state are struggling to stop the collation and declaration of the governorship election.
Wike stated that the police is now inviting Electoral and Collation Officers to intimidate them over collated results in the governorship election.
The governor said: “The Police is trying to intimidate Collation and Electoral Officers by inviting them for one offence or the other so as to impinge on the Collation Process.
“Imagine where the police is inviting the entire Returning Officers, the entire electoral Officers and Entire Electoral Officers because allegations have been made against the INEC officials. This is just to let the entire world see what we are talking about.”
He stated that the enemies of the state continue to roll out strategies to destroy the Governorship Election Collation Process.
Wike said: “They go by this strategy, if it fails, they go by the other strategy. They brought the Army, it failed. They have gone to the court and now they want to use the police”.
The governor, who stated that the good people of Rivers State will overcome all the challenges thrown at the state by the system, said: “Like I said, this victory will be the best. It will be the sweetest amongst all the states. That is what I see coming.
“There is no election that will be held in this state and another party will win. Not to talk about a party that is not on ground. They have failed and that is the truth of the matter.”
He stated that the political situation in Rivers State has exposed the negative aspects of the system., saying: “In the end, PDP will emerge victorious in this State. It is a victory that can be delayed, but not denied.
“This morning, the other political party went to court to stop collation. As God will have it, the court did not grant them their request.
“You see how funny it is. The candidate of AAC said he won the election. The same candidate has gone to court to stop collation and seek for the cancellation of an election, he claimed that he won.”
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