The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Rivers State, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC), of scheming for postponement of the rerun legislative elections in the state.
The Tide recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced that the suspended rerun elections in some local government areas of the state would hold in October, with no specific date.
The PDP state Chairman, Felix Obuah, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, said on Monday that the party had uncovered clandestine moves by APC in the state to push for another postponement of the expected re-scheduled elections.
According to the statement, the PDP said that it had credible information “confirming the grave plan by the leadership of the APC, in conjunction with some very senior staff and officials of the INEC aimed at effecting another shift in the conduct of the elections, alleging insecurity and logistic problems on the side of the commission as reasons for the postponement.”
The PDP, therefore, expressed worry over “such retrogressive action by the APC,” adding that the moves did not come to it as a shocker, as right from the onset, the APC has never shown any readiness to genuinely participate in free, fair and non-violently conducted elections in the state.
Obuah said one of such plan by the APC was the sustained blackmail on government actions on security challenges, despite efforts of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led government in tackling insecurity, armed robbery, kidnapping, cult-related clashes and other social vices as well as his logistics support for security agencies.
PDP insisted that there was no justification for the postponement, wondering why the APC are unperturbed with the continued absence of Rivers State representatives in the Senate and its partial presence in the House of Representatives following the inconclusive elections.
Obuah added, “the APC candidate for Rivers South-East senatorial district, Senator Magnus Abe, and other APC chieftains were again spotted at the INEC offices in Abuja and Port-Harcourt, even as their proxies and aides continue to make frequent visits to and maintain constant presence at the commission’s offices in the state.”
“This is unhealthy and retrogressive for the nation’s democracy and political development of our state, and therefore, condemnable,” the PDP added.
Obuah urged INEC, to discontinue any compromised step taken so far or about to be taken aimed at shifting the expected rescheduled re-run legislative elections in Rivers State.
“We will resist anything short of open, free, fair and non-violently conducted elections in the state,” Obuah declared.
The Tide recalls that the Rivers State Government, last weekend, had alleged that Rivers APC was planning “anarchy”.
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