APC reject Governor Okowa’s re-election, calls for outright cancellation

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state wants Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the results which made the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa winner of the gubernatorial election in the state.

Prophet Jones Erie, chairman of the Delta state chapter of the party made the grievances of the ruling party known during a press briefing. He accused security agents who were deployed on election duties conniving with INEC officials to rig the elections.

Erie said: “You all witnessed an electoral process where soldiers aided PDP thugs to hijack ballot boxes and materials in collaboration with the presiding officers and thumb printed them for the PDP.

“Our people were not allowed to enter any collation centre, our agents were treated as enemies of the electoral process. The whole place was militarised against APC and results were changed at will.

“For example, at Emede Ward 5 unit 2, soldiers aided the destruction of that unit. At about 10:00am, ballot boxes and ballot papers were carted away, we managed to complete the election and at the end, APC had 4323 votes, 1134 votes for PDP House of Assembly.

“Surprisingly, the same votes were counted and they recorded 2,712 votes for the governorship for the APC and 2,702 votes for PDP. If this is the discrepancy in my own ward, it is enough prove to show that the same thing took place across the state.

“Our members were brutalised, presiding officers collaborated with PDP to undo us. In Warri South and Warri South-West, most of the materials did not get to their units.”

Erue revealed that the APC would approach the Election Petition Tribunal should the electoral umpire refuse to cancel the election.

However, when reached for a response, the spokesman of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, said the allegations by the parties against security agencies borne out of the wrong perception of what the agencies stand for.

“People see security agencies as instruments of the state that can be used by the ruling party. The opposition parties will bash on the security agency, the ruling party will also bash on the security. The election is over, if he is not satisfied, he should go the Election Petition Tribunal,” Iliyasu state.

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