As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) prepares to finish the Rivers State governorship and state House of Assembly elections, which was suspended on March 10, following violence at some collation centres, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), of plotting to scuttle the method.
INEC mentioned on Saturday in Port Harcourt that no contemporary elections can be held within the state, saying there can be a course of to finish the election, which was suspended on March 10 following violence at some collation centres.
INEC National Commissioner supervising Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers states, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, made the clarification whereas addressing stakeholders as a part of the method for the completion of the election.
Agbamuche-Mbu mentioned outcomes of the governorship election in 17 of the 23 native authorities areas of the state have been secure within the robust room of the fee in Abuja.
Addressing the stakeholders, Agbamuche-Mbu mentioned the fee would conclude the collation of the Rivers State governorship election between April 2 and 5, including that the method can be clear.
“All the results are with us in our strong room. They have not been tampered with. We are going to conduct the collation transparently. INEC is here to complete this process and we shall complete the process successfully,” she acknowledged.
The INEC National Commissioner mentioned although the fee didn’t know the winners of the elections, all the outcomes have been intact in INEC’s custody, including that the electoral fee would religiously observe the timelines outlined by it for the collation of the governorship election outcomes.
However, PDP in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, mentioned that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has been boastfully claiming that the AGF was engaged on a script whereupon he would write to the Chairman of the INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to direct him to cease the collation of outcomes.
The PDP cautioned Malami to restrain himself from getting used to commit unconstitutional act within the collation of outcomes already scheduled to start within the state on Tuesday.
He mentioned it’s crucial for the AGF to notice that Amaechi, in his desperation, would need to rope him in and use him to trigger a constitutional disaster that has the capability to derail the nation’s democracy.
Ologbondiyan famous: “Our celebration urges the AGF to notice that there is no such thing as a provision of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended) or any a part of the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended) that in anyway, empowers the AGF to intrude or cease the method of election, till declaration of result’s made.
“The structure and legal guidelines of our nation are clear on the powers and statutory features of the Attorney General and that he has no powers to intrude within the conduct of elections or direct the stoppage of an electoral course of.
“The AGF should therefore distance himself from the ignoble scheme by Rotimi Amaechi to cause trouble in Rivers State by attempting to scuttle the collation of results in the Rivers governorship election, which has been clearly won by the PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike.”
The PDP urged INEC to avoid wasting the nation a severe disaster by asserting its independence in concluding the collation course of in addition to respecting the need of the people, as expressed on the polls on March 9, by declaring Wike as rightful winner of the election with out additional delay.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State chapter of the PDP has described the accusation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) within the state that INEC is favouring Governor Wike, as unfounded.
In a statement signed on its behalf by the Director of Information of the PDP Campaign Council, Emma Okah, the celebration acknowledged that the allegation doesn’t maintain water and that it’s the identical old music; empty, meaningless and mindless.
“Majority of Rivers people don’t take the APC in the state serious. They blame everybody apart from themselves for every problem. When they had internal problems that cost them their place in the ballot, they blamed others. When their adopted puppet in AAC could not win one unit in the state because he was unknown and never campaigned, the APC blamed others,” the statement mentioned.
Likening APC to a foul workman, who’s all the time quarrelling together with his instruments, PDP frowned on the approach and method wherein APC teaches INEC, troopers and police how one can do their job.
The celebration additionally warned APC to cease resorting to blackmail at any time when they meet disapproval.
While stating that it was not in place to talk for INEC, PDP mentioned it was unsure that APC’s refined risk can be famous and dealt with appropriately.