Rivers APC True Victors Of Democracy – Cole

Rivers state All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that despite what it described as the Governor Nyesom Wike’s money and power of incumbency, as well as the PDP’s rigging,  that the presidential and parliamentary election in the country has shown that APC is the true victor of democracy.

Arc. Tonye Cole and other APC members   said the Rivers state people have shown that they love the APC and are tired of what it described as an incumbent government that prides itself in causing violence and killings of its citizens just to satisfy its political interest.

Arc. Tonye Cole, said the party will ensure that those who were involved in the dastardly act are brought to book. He also said that the party has engaged its lawyers to decide on the legal action to take against the state governor, Nyesom Wike whom he said accused him and other prominent APC members of being behind the violence that was witnessed in the state during the election.

Congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari for winning the election, Cole said despite the fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, did not include APC on the ballot, the victory recorded in the state by the party clearly showed that APC is the party the people desired to take them to the next level.

He said, compared with what was obtained in 2015 election, that the results from the just concluded election shows that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, massively rigged the election. He however urged INEC to relist candidates of the APC on the ballot for the coming elections so that the members can vote their choice.

According to the statement, “in a nationwide election that sought to elect a President for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and members of the National Assembly, our dear state was characterized with armed conflict which unfortunately led to the death of innocent Nigerians that had simply sought to exercise their civic duty of participating in an electoral process”.

“ In particular, we reach out to the family of Miss Ibisaki Amachree who was shot while on duty. One death is one too many and no one has the right to kill in the name of power and politics.We have called for peace and peaceful elections at every stage, but it is unfortunate that there are people hell-bent to cling on to power at any cost, even to the taking of human lives.’

I have been shocked and saddened by statements and comments attributed to the Rivers State Governor that Prof. Charles Dokubo-Quakers, Prince Tonye Princewill and I are responsible for the carnage and deaths in Abonnema last weekend. These malicious and unfounded allegations are being investigated and our lawyers will advise on possible libel suits to take against those who have peddled these wicked falsehoods. For anyone willing to expose the truth, the task is relatively easy and the motive particularly clear.

Nigerians in their vast numbers were shocked to learn of militant kingpins that were rewarded for their role in the 2015 elections with positions in the State House of Assembly, Local Government Councils and State Government appointments by the Rivers State Government. This is common knowledge and the names of these individuals are known to many.

In Akuku Toru in particular, Abonnema was brazenly under the control of several deadly cult groups. Like in several LGA’s across the state and operating under the cover of the Local Government Authority, militarized cult groups have held Akuku Toru hostage over the past few years and in the run-up to this election, intelligence reaching us was that strict directives had been issued not to permit APC from delivering the Local Government of its gubernatorial candidate and in particular, his polling unit and Ward 12.

 We witnessed this playing out in the postponed presidential election on February 16 and again on the 23rd. The amateur videos of what the town looked like on Election Day has gone viral and it is clear that no one who loves life would venture onto the streets under such intense firepower.

Gone are the days when political thugs would hijack electoral materials and allocate hundreds of thousands of imaginary votes to their party. The results from the various units, wards and Local Government Areas confirms this and further highlights the depth of rigging and manipulation of the 2015 elections that APC as a party had complained about.

All that is required of anyone desirous of the truth is to compare the 2015 electoral figures where total votes cast was 1,584,768 with APC getting 69,238 while PDP got 1,487,075; to that of 2019 where total votes cast was 666,585 with APC getting 150,710 (even after 72,000 votes in Emohua was unconstitutionally removed) and PDP getting 473,971 and the story would clearly unfold. APC has withstood a judicial lynching that has long since baffled legal luminaries.

That PDP would interfere with another party’s internal process in a court of law and secure a judgement that prevents their major competitor from campaigning in any form or manner, barring any of their candidates from being on the ballot is mind-boggling, especially against clear Supreme Court judgements that prevents one political party from interfering with the affairs of another as in the case of Alhassan v Ishaku, PDP v Sylva, PDP v Angodi etc.

Our party also had to contend with numerous court battles, a brutal internal conflict with Senator Magnus Abe that disenfranchised members of the party, many of whom have now openly decamped to the PDP, multiple attacks on the party at campaign rallies of the opposition and severe attempts to break the spirit of the party faithful.

 It was indeed a resounding success to see the turnout of APC voters across the state. This was in spite of an INEC body language that was swift in obeying the PDP sponsored judgement but resolute in its decision not to obey an order of Stay of Execution.

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