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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed disappointment with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the conduct of the March 19 National and state Assembly rerun elections in Rivers state.

In a statement by Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP national publicity secretary, the party said it is disappointing that INEC, under the leadership of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has not been able to conduct any conclusive election in few constituencies and states so far and wondered what would be the case when the entire country is involved.

He said: “The conduct of the INEC in Saturday’s National and state Assembly rerun elections in Rivers state falls short of the expected standard, given the level of mobilization and preparedness.

 “Also grossly unacceptable is the shoddy work by security operatives leading to escalation of violence, avoidable deaths and eventual cancellation of election results in 8 local government areas in the state.”

According to the party, the nation and the international community should hold INEC, security operatives and the APC responsible should there be a breakdown of law and order in the state over the non-release of the final results.
The PDP has expressed disappointment with INEC over the conduct of the March 19 National and state Assembly rerun elections in Rivers state.

The PDP has expressed disappointment with INEC over the conduct of the March 19 National and state Assembly rerun elections in Rivers state.

The PDP noted that the only reason for the seizure of the results is the fact that the PDP candidates were in clear and overwhelming victory in all the reruns.

Metuh said: “Nigerians and the international community can now see the desperation of the APC, which has now arm-twisted INEC in the unholy bid to alter the results of the elections and subvert the will of the people.

“We want the APC and INEC to mark the salient fact that the PDP, the people of Rivers state and indeed all Nigerians are already aware of the results from respective polling centres, wards and local government areas and will in no way whatsoever accept any final result that does not tally with the actual and already established figures from the polling units.

“We wish to remind the APC and INEC that Rivers state is a known stronghold of the PDP and the results from the elections cannot show otherwise. INEC should therefore understand that Nigerians are aware that in withholding the final results, they are ostensibly preparing grounds for chaos in the state.

“While we invite all to note the avoidable growing tension occasioned by the desperation of the APC to steal the mandate of the people, we caution INEC to extricate itself from the evil web and immediately release all the final results of the ballot as cast by the people and nothing more.”

Meanwhile, Ben Murray-Bruce, a Senator representing Bayelsa East constituency in the red chamber, has joined Nigerians to berate the INEC over the conduct of Saturday’s rerun election in Rivers state.
INEC cancelled results in eight more local government areas. They are Bonny, Gokhana, Khana, Andoni, Tai and Eleme, Etche and Asaritoru LGAs.

Aniedi Ikoiwak, the resident electoral commissioner, said that the reason for the cancellation was due to irregularities at the affected local government areas of the state. The electoral umpire further notes violence, snatching of ballot boxes, noncompliance to electoral law as part of the cancellation. INEC says it is reviewing the rest of the process in the re-run polls.
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