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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WAR OF POWER!!! Rivers On Fire, Amaechi Weeps, Stages Nationwide Protest As INEC Declares Damning Election Results

The Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi-led Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has on Sunday evening, kicked against the declaration of results of Saturday’s supplementary rerun election in Etche, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
This came as the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates in Saturday’s rescheduled Etche elections, defeated their APC counterparts.
For the Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency, PDP’s Jerome Eke, received 15,221 votes to defeat APC’s Ogbonna Nwuka, with 6,220 votes.
The PDP also defeated APC in the Etche II poll with its candidate, Tony Ejiogu, scoring 4,162 votes to defeat Golden Chioma, who contested on behalf of the APC.
Recall, that when the elections were first organised earlier in 2016, the exercise was marred by bloody violence that forced INEC to end the exercise mid-way.
While protesting the INEC result, APC argued that since the Returning Officers, Prof. Olatunbosun Odusanya and Prof. Omotola, had declared the election inconclusive, it was wrong for INEC to have gone ahead to declare any result.
A statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, said: “The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress recalls that yesterday’s (Saturday) supplementary rerun elections for Etche State Constituency and Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency, were formally declared inconclusive by the Returning Officers, Prof. Olatunbosun Odusanya and Prof. Omotola respectively, at Okehi, Saturday.
“They subsequently announced that the conclusion of the process will take place today (Sunday) or on Monday. However, we are taken aback by signals indicating that the National Electoral Commissioner in charge, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, has ordered that the incomplete results be declared, despite the earlier declaration by the two Returning Officers, on Saturday, at Okehi, that the elections were inconclusive.
“It is pertinent to remind INEC that in line with the relevant section of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), it is only the Returning Officers that are empowered to announce results of elections, and not the National Electoral Commissioner, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, or any other,” the State APC stressed.
It maintained that declaring results of elections that had earlier been announced as inconclusive, would amount to a “gross” violation of INEC’s rules, and demonstrate the height of inconsistency and illegality on the part of the Commission.
“We urge INEC to proceed to conclude the elections without further delay, before declaring the results accordingly,” the State APC added.
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