It’s very unfortunate and shameful that despite all efforts and assurances from security agencies and all stakeholders prior to last Saturday’s National and State Assembly re-run elections in the State, some All Progressives Congress, APC desperate and agitated political office seekers still went on to connive with certain electoral officers and military personnel to smuggle in fake election materials with a view to rigging the election, leading to the cancellation of election in some parts of the State by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and not as a result of violence as being speculated.
We are however very grateful to God and wish to thank the gallant Rivers people who stood their ground refusing to see this happen against their civic right to democratically choose their leaders and representatives.
The chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah who stated this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam blamed the precarious situation on the Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi whom he said had threatened to use any means possible to stop the ruling PDP government in the State from winning the election.
Bro Obuah said never in the history of Nigeria, had soldiers been seen to have boldly stormed electoral units packing the materials meant for election and ordering the officers into their armoured cars and heading for unknown and undeclared destinations and wondered why it had to be so this time if there were no intents.
According to the State PDP boss, if not for the grace of God and the vigilance of the people, these desperadoes would have succeeded but they were hasty and haphazard in their execution that their plot aroused suspicion that was confirmed on critical and close examination of the election materials which were discovered to be fake while the genuine essential materials like result sheets were held back.
“We’ll continue to insist on fair, free and credible elections and refuse to be intimidated or provoked. All we want is the right thing be done.
We also enjoin the electoral officers to help our democratic experiment by rejecting advances, inducements and even intimidations to make them do the wrong things. History will not forget them if they just do this and Rivers State and Nigeria will be better for it”, Bro Felix Obuah declared.
The PDP chairman however urged the Rivers people to be calm and prayerful in the face of this affront and plot to incite crisis in the State, re-assuring that all will be over soon to the glory of God.
Special Adviser On Media And Publicity
To The PDP State Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah
Monday, March 21, 2016.