We ​can’t c​ancel Rivers, A/Ibom ​e​lections – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will not cancel the results of the governorship and House of Assembly election in Rivers and Akwa Ibom State because it does not have the power to do so.

The European Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria had called for a probe into the “severe problems” that characterised the polls in the two South- South states, where the governorship election were won by the Peoples Democratic Party.

But the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, stated that the call to cancel the results after formal declaration was misdirected.

Mr. Idowu said the Nigerian law does not allow the electoral body cancel results.

“The law does not allow us to cancel any result after it has been announced. Everyone knows this.

“It is only the election petition tribunals that can order that or even cancel the elections. We would advise anyone who is aggrieved to go to the court.“

The governorship candidate of the PDP, Udom Emmanuel, won the election in Akwa Ibom, while in Rivers, the PDP candidate, Nyesom Wike, clinched victory.

In both states, civil society groups including the Situation Room and the Centre for Democracy and Development, allege high cases of rigging and violence.

Violence

The Chief Observer of the EU Observation Mission, Santiago Fisas, had said the April 11 elections in Nigeria witnessed “more efficient polling” but had increased cases of violence and interference.

INEC, in its preliminary reports on Sunday confirmed this saying there were 66 reported cases of violence across the country.


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  • John

    Case closed! For those to upturn HE Barrister Nyesom Wike’s electoral victory as Governor-elect of Rivers state, be it known to you that Wike himself had not much hand in his own victory. Rivers people were simply fed up with Amaechi’s lies and deceits and decided to cast protest votes against him. Check out how Wike clearly won in 21 of the 23 local government areas in Rivers state. Wike couldn’t have won so overwhelmingly against a sitting governor’s candidate, Dakuku Peterside if the people at the grassroot were not on his (Wike’s) side. I’m from Rivers state and know exactly what the issues are. Conduct governorship election in Rivers state 100 times, you’re sure to have Wike win. In fact conducting another election may even see Wike this time winning in all the 23 LGA leaving Amaechi’s Dakuku with nothing.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Nonsense! No elections took place in Rivers, and Wike knows this.

      I agree with INEC. Let the aggrieved head to court.

      But – mark my words – that mockery of election will NOT stand!

    • DAKUKU MY GOVERNOR 2015

      Ur very funny, I guess ur speaking for your self and not for Rivers people. Wike will win Dakuku if Elections were free and fair? Your just a joker. As far as i’m concerned without Patience Jonathan wike is nothing. The truth will prevail. U guys rigged the Elections like fools not like people that are intelligent. So we have over 1,000 evidence of Election Malpractice to present to the tribunal. Wike will be kicked out

      • egoigwe

        Ani, Dakuku ti da ku!

  • hummm

    No problem. the fraudulent election will be resolved at the tribual where the midget Patience will no longer have influence in the judiciary since there will be a new sheriff in town.

    • DAKUKU MY GOVERNOR 2015

      Hahahahahahaha. You know God will neva fail to punish that woman for bringing problems to Rivers state. They have exhausted their human strength. So it’s time for God to work. All the innocent blood they shade in Rivers State will Forever hunt Wike and his follow Blood sucking demons in Rivers State God will surely throw Wike out of Office.

      • egoigwe

        Dakuku ti da ku 🙂

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Very well said, INEC. Indeed, let the aggrieved head to the tribunal where, I am sure, the charade called election in Rivers will not stand. Fresh elections will be ordered, and they will be held at a time that impunity would have become history, and no policeman or soldier can be used to thwart the will of the people. Then, the true winner will emerge!

  • egoigwe

    They won’t go to court because they all know they do not have a case to present. It will be the supreme waste of time and resources. All those people screaming “cancel, cancel” are nothing but proverbial goats bleating around the bush. The others who rely on international reputation and outreach to condemn Inec are just mouthpieces for Obama’s administration earning their daily bread. They are no good at anything but grandstanding.