The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said it is dragging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the Nigeria Police to the State Election Petitions Tribunal for allegedly conniving to rig the 2015 governorship elections in the state.
Chairman of APC in the state, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Friday, said the party has already concluded arrangements to storm the tribunal, which will sit in Abuja, in order to recover its mandate that was allegedly stolen during the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the state.
Ikanya reassured the people of the state that the mandate which they freely gave to the party and to its governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, would soon be retrieved for the good of the future of the state.
He said, “This brazen electoral theft by Chief Nyesom Wike and his PDP gangsters cannot be allowed to stand. These power-drunk anti-democratic elements, in their desperation for power, were not discreet in their electoral fraud that saw the allocation of a bogus over a million votes to Chief Wike. The documents and video tapes so far assembled will surely see many Rivers INEC and PDP chieftains being thrown into jail at the end of the day.”
The APC chairman declared that it has an iron-cast case against Wike and PDP, saying that it is not surprised that Wike, who cannot win up to 30 per cent of the votes in a free and fair election in the state, is now desperately running from pillar to post in a bid to prevent APC from going to the Tribunal.
Ikanya said, “We wish to appeal to our members and the entire people of Rivers State to remain calm and resolute as the party goes to the Tribunal to retrieve their stolen mandate. Our case is as clear as daylight, as even Prof. Wole Soyinka, Ambassador John Endwistle of the United States of America, the European Union Electoral Observers and other international bodies have since testified that the elections purportedly conducted in Rivers State were a sham.
“With this development, Chief Wike will now join the league of Sir Celestine Omehia who spent only four months as Governor of Rivers State before he was sacked by the Supreme Court in 2007. This is a case which we shall pursue to a logical conclusion not only to retrieve our stolen mandate but to ensure that the plot of sharing Rivers State Federal Allocation among the ten main key actors of PDP in the State does not materialises.”