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APC: Our petition behind DSS ‘interference’ with election tribunal

APC: Our petition behind DSS ‘interference’ with election tribunal
July 16
14:53 2015
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied the allegation that it is using security agencies to harass the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The ruling party said the PDP which “used such method during its 16 years in power now believes the APC will do the same”.

APC accused PDP of plotting to sabotage the Rivers state election tribunal, insisting that the opposition party had something to hide.

“Having willfully used the security agencies as a tool to rig elections, harass the opposition and tamper with evidence in all its 16 years of shame in office, the PDP now believes the APC will do the same. That is wrong, because the APC is a party founded on the rule of law,” Lai Mohammed, spokesman of APC, said in a statement issued on Thursday.

“As far as we in the APC are concerned, let the necessary lawful procedures be followed and let the truth prevail in the cases before the various election petition tribunals across the country.

The party also accused the PDP of lying over its allegation of interference by the security agencies in cases before the tribunals, calling “the allegation a futile attempt by the PDP to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians.”

“Not only did the PDP lie shamelessly in making the allegation; the party is also trying to muddle the waters on the true situation concerning the case before the Rivers state election petition tribunal – which precipitated the PDP’s frivolous accusation in the first instance,” the statement read.

“It is now clearer than ever that the PDP, knowing full well that it has something to hide in the Rivers election, is doing everything possible to sabotage the search for the truth, while at the same time engaging in impudent finger pointing as a strategy to deceive the unsuspecting public.”

The party admitted the claim of the PDP that DSS invited some INEC officials but said those involved were questioned for allegedly colliding with the PDP to deny it access to key documents used for the governorship and house of assembly elections in the state.

“It is the fact that some directors at the INEC head office in Abuja have been working strenuously to deny the APC access to some documents used for the said elections but domiciled at the commission’s head office, even when the INEC chairman has promptly attended to the issue and directed the said officials to furnish the needed documents,” APC said.

“As a matter of fact, the IG had directed, upon the receipt of the APC petition, that the matter be investigated and that the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Rivers state should be
invited.

“Those who were named in the APC petition to the security agencies include the Rivers REC, Gesila Khan; the administrative secretary, Obijuru . Royson; head of operations department, Bocco Ekong and legal officer, Fumi Nancy Odihir Gaffar who, along with other INEC officials in Rivers, are colluding with the PDP to frustrate all attempts by the APC to access the vital documents.

”Therefore, the PDP’s wolf crying over a conspiracy it orchestrated with the Rivers INEC to deny the APC access to documents used for the said elections amounts to barefaced lies and a clear attempt at distorting facts.

”These persistent refusal to release the documents is happening despite a valid order from the tribunal and in a clear violation of section 77 (1) and (2) and other provisions of the electoral act.

”In addition, there is also a deliberate effort by the conspirators (Rivers INEC and the PDP) to destroy the documents so as not to allow the APC to have access to them, and then report their loss to the police. One of such cases was filed on June 29 at the Akinima police station in the Ahoada West council area.”

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