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Rivers rerun: PDP rejects Abe, condemns the role of Army, SARS, others

The declaration of Magnus Abe as Senator-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been rejected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The party has also condemned the role of the Army, Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other security agencies and cautioned them to stop disgracing the nation.
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, described the declaration of Abe as Senator-elect as an unprecedented massive manipulation of the electoral process in active connivance with the security agencies.
The party said: “The whole world knows that elections did not take place in the Rivers South-East Senatorial District. We therefore reject the declaration of Magnus Abe with the fabricated results, and demand INEC to conduct election in that Constituency.
“We promise to avail ourselves every opportunity to seek redress on this matter in the interest of democracy and that of the constituents who are denied their right to vote.”
Condemning the role of the security, the party said, “we again condemn in totality, the adverse role of the Nigerian Army, the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other security agencies during this re-run elections in Rivers State. It was a nightmare and a
complete reversal of their constitutional mandates of safeguarding the territorial integrity of the Country and the protection of lives and properties.
“There are incontrovertible evidences that the security agencies worked for the APC against the interest of the Rivers people. They followed the directives of the APC Chairman, John Oyegun and Governor Ganduje of Kano State during the Mega Rally of the APC. They
killed, they maimed, they harassed all in the desperate need to help the APC win at all cost. Very sad!
“It is trite that the Army dishonourably left their primary assignments and worked assiduously with INEC in collusion with the APC leaders in Rivers State led by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi and mindlessly wrote the results that produced Senator Magnus Abe in
Rivers South-East Senatorial District. This action depicts sheer rape on
democracy.

“It is no gainsaying that this re-run election in Rivers State was not only a contest between political parties but mostly the PDP in contest with the Army, the Police, the INEC, the APC, and the Federal Government of Nigeria represented by the Honourable Minister of
Transport, Rotimi Amaechi and co manipulators”.
“We therefore call on all Nigerians to rise up to this challenge and stop the federal government, the APC and INEC from organizing undemocratic elections as witnessed in most part of Rivers State and other previous elections in the country since the assumption of this government. If Nigerian elections travesty continues, it’s goodnight to democracy.”

By Bethel Tunde

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