Police, INEC helping PDP to rig Rivers polls –APC

Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress has alleged that security agencies and some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Rivers state are colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party to rig the forthcoming governorship elections and also kill its members and supporters in the state.

The APC spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, who addressed a press conference Monday in Abuja said the PDP and its governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, aided by the security agencies, have continued to kill and maim members and supporters of the APC.

“Though this marauding started before the March 28th Presidential and National Assembly elections, it has become progressively worse as the Governorship elections approach on Saturday, April 11,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed stated that nine members of the party were killed in cold blood last week, while many others were injured when armed PDP thugs invaded Obrikom and Obor communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government of Rivers state.

He said the thugs also set ablaze the residence of Vincent Ogbagu, the party’s candidate for the House of Assembly elections in the constituency.

Mr. Mohammed added that dozens of APC members have been arrested on frivolous charges, just to put them away before the election.

He also said at least four persons were arrested just because they defected to the party.

“APC members have been subjected to persistent harassment and intimidation across the state, using the Police in Rivers and the Zone 6 in Calabar. Over 150 prominent members have been victims of this unprovoked persecution,” he said.

The APC spokesperson said the party even received another sad news from Rivers Monday, to the effect that a chieftain of the party, Christopher Adube, was reportedly shot dead over the weekend.

“Adube, who hails from the Egbema Local Government Area, was said to have been shot dead at his residence,” he said.

Role of security agencies

Mr. Mohammed said the terrorizing of APC members and supporters in Rivers State has been carried out despite the presence of the police and other security agencies in the state.

He alleged that most of the attacks were carried out with the collusion of the security agencies, who have “exchanged the garb of partisanship for that of professionalism”.

“Elements of the security agencies have also participated directly in the targeted harassment and intimidation of our members. Even when our members have run to the police for succour, they have found none.

“The case of the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Gokana Local Government Area, Mr. Kadilo Kabari, was particularly astonishing. He and Senator Magnus Abe, who represents Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, were attacked by PDP thugs right inside the Divisional Police Headquarters at Kpor,” he said

Mr. Mohammed said the two party chieftains were attacked because they dared to challenge PDP thugs, dressed in INEC kits, who were engaged in massive rigging during last week’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

“That these PDP thugs could use a police station for rigging speaks volumes about the role of the security agencies in that election,” he said.

Role of INEC

APC said the violence targeted at its members in Rivers, especially during the last elections, was carried out in the full glare, and in most cases with the connivance of INEC officials in the state.

“Of course, it is needless to say that the collusion of INEC with the PDP and the police to pave the way for unbridled violence against APC members and supporters, and the subsequent rigging of the elections, was spearheaded by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the Rivers, Ms. Gesilia Khan.

“This issue is already the subject of a very strong petition which our party has written to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja,” he said.

The APC spokesperson said the party decided to give the details of the relentless “killing, maiming, harassment and intimidation” of its members and supporters in Rivers State before, during and after the Presidential and National Assembly elections so that Nigerians can see that everything has been done, and is still being done, to make sure that free, fair and peaceful elections do not hold in the state

“We are very concerned that the prevailing atmosphere of mindless violence and brigandage does not augur well for a free, fair and credible elections in the state.

“We are worried that no one has been held responsible even where our members have been killed, and that the police and other security agencies, as well as INEC, have turned themselves to appendages of the PDP, in what is nothing but the height of impunity.

“We are therefore using this opportunity to call on local and international observers, as well as the Civil Society Organizations under the aegis of The Situation Room, to pay a close attention to Rivers State – as well as other states considered to be flash points – during the forthcoming Governorship and House of Assembly elections,” it said.

APC called on its members and supporters in Rivers State to continue to conduct themselves peacefully, while making sure they document every case of killing, maiming, harassment and intimidation targeted at them, as well as all instances of election malpractice.

“In the fullness of time, no one who has engaged in this untoward actions will go scot-free as they will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” the party said.


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  • burning spear

    The just concluded March 28th 2015 presidential election in Nigeria was undoubtedly the most keenly contested ever. In a recent article, MARCH 28TH 2015 IS AN UNFAIR CONTEST BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA AND GOODLUCK JONATHAN, it was explained how the Obama White House, deployed its formidable bully pulpit in an orchestrated campaign against President Goodluck Jonathan, while clearly supporting the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) candidate (now President-elect) Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retired).

    One argued, therefore, that the election was effectively a competition between Goodluck Jonathan on one hand and Barack Obama on the other. In other words, General Buhari was not really on the ballot, as far as one was concerned.

    President Barack Obama’s decision to provide undeclared backing to the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) and General Buhari, violated a long-time American convention of non-interference in the elections of other sovereign nations.

    The series of patronizing actions, sponsored by the White House, culminated in a joint statement on March 30th 2015 by the American Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Mr. Philip Hammond, alleging that the election results “may be subject to deliberate political interference”.

    This broadside was released when the vote collation was still ongoing, thereby casting undue aspersion not only on the entire electoral process and the almost thirty million voters who participated in it, but indeed the nation itself.–what a shame

    This was the second unsolicited and unwarranted diatribe by the American and British pair, the first being the denigrating joint missive authored by the same duo on March 21st 2015, precisely seven days prior to the election.
    The said election has already occurred, but the repercussions from the historic event shall continue to generate reactions for many days, weeks, months, years and perhaps for all time.

    Obama Helped Elect Militant Muslim Over Christian Incumbent In Nigeria! – Dick Morris TV, USA

    • Tunsj

      Trash comment.

  • SAM .A

    Mr Lai Mohammed u have a big role to play in bringing sanity to River State and other states where Soldiers and police were used to intimidate electorates
    In conjunction with Mr Garba the publicity sec,try to obtain the judgement made by 3 Judges in Sokoto ,Abuja & Lagos that prohibit Army from participating in Civil process and serve the following :
    1) 4Service Chiefs.
    2 All Brigade commanders , the head of military in each state
    The electoral aspect that dictate the Neutrality of Police DSS & other securities. and serve
    1) IGP & Zonal assistant IGP
    2 All State Commissioners of Police & DPOs.
    Cause the same to be publish in News media that is widely read.
    Violators will be treated according to the law of the land .
    If you do this impunity and partisan will be gone for good
    God bless Nigeria.

  • Ginger

    Not only Obama, even Putin of Russia, Jinpeng of China and Ban Kim Moon of the UN were also against Jonathan. Not to mention the Nigerian people.