PDP approaches tribunal to challenge APC’s victory
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it has filed petition to challenge the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the December 10 rerun Legislative election in some parts of Rivers State.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Samuel Wonosike disclosed this when he led members of his committee on a working visit to the Nye-Nwe-Eli Isiokpo, His Royal Majesty Eze Blessing Wogidi at his palace.
Wonosike, who doubles as the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, restated his allegation that Federal agencies were used to intimidate voters in Ikwerre Local Government.
While commending the Nye-Nwe-Eli Isiokpo for sustaining the peace in the area, Wonosike assured that the PDP will reclaim its mandate at the tribunal.
“As at 2pm on election day, results were already pouring in from polling units to the collation centres. The results so far showed the PDP was winning in most polling units especially here in Isiokpo but to our greatest dismay, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi made phone calls and before we knew it, they ordered the redeployment of Service Commanders from different parts of Ikwerre Local Government Area.
“The new people they brought immediately changed the results.
“Unfortunately for them, they don’t even know how to rig. They don’t know how to manipulate results. There were a lot of alterations in the result sheets. They even misused the result sheets using House of Representatives to write results for House of Assembly.
“At a time when they thought they had succeeded, our God confused them to make mistakes. That is what we are taking to the tribunal.
“For the records, the PDP in Rivers state has submitted its petition against the House of Representatives and House of Assembly results in Ikwerre Local Government at the tribunal.
“The APC never campaigned. They came to rob our people. No normal human being would have voted for the APC in Rivers state. They have lost touch with the people at the grassroots. Even their leader (Amaechi) who was in power for 16 years could not save them with his Federal powers.
“They tried a lot of things to stop our petition, but I can tell you that they failed. We have submitted our petition and they have been served.
“We will use the rule of Law to take back what belongs to us,” Wonosike said.
In his response, the Paramount ruler and Nye-Nwe-Eli Isiokpo, Eze Blessing Wogidi called on politicians to concentrate on development now that elections were over.