PDP condemns alleged confiscation of Rivers governorship election results by soldiers

PDP condemns alleged confiscation of Rivers governorship election results by soldiers

"We don't understand who and where they were deployed from, we are not accusing Nigerian Army and airforce, we are only saying that if they are not from them, they should come and rectify the situation so that our officers can be allowed to do their duties".

"The low turnout of voters can only but be attributed to two factors, voter apathy arising from the effect of the disappointment of citizens over poor conduct of the February 23 elections and the excessive deployment of military personnel", the Situation Room said in a statement handed to reporters in Abuja, the capital.

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the party's flagbearer, was announced victor of the election.

What the APC and its compromised soldiers fail to note is that the PDP already has valid documents of all the results as delivered from all the polling units where elections held across the state and that the figures are with all the stakeholders.

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended all electoral processes in Saturday's governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers until further notice.

Election observers also reported incidents of vote-buying across the country as politicians tried to sway voters.

Police on Sunday said three INEC staff were kidnapped in northern Katsina state in an ambush that left a policeman dead during voting on Saturday.

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Nigerians are heading to the polls to elect state and local representatives, two weeks after the presidential poll.

The presidential and parliamentary elections last month drew criticism from some observer groups for problems with logistics, collation of results and reports of intimidation.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the alleged confiscation of the Rivers state governorship election by soldiers.


Flaying what it called a subversive act by soldiers, "who seized and diverted the results to an army barrack in Port Harcourt, the PDP called on all lovers of democracy to unite against this brazen attack on our democracy by the Presidency and All Progressives Congress, APC".

Adding to tensions in Rivers - a volatile state in the oil producing Delta region - is a court ruling barring any APC candidates from standing in the gubernatorial election because of procedural irregularities in the selection process.

Also in PU 002, APC won with the governorship polls with 147 followed by PDP with 72 and PRP 2 votes, while in the assembly election APC scored 132, PDP 82 and PRP 5.

Three people were killed in Rivers on Friday, according to the transport minister, following clashes between APC and PDP supporters.

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