The Greater Together Campaign Organisation, GTCO, has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, desperate to secure victory by all means and at whatever cost, has concluded arrangements to purchase result sheets for the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
GTCO alleged that PDP, working in agreement with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which Resident Electoral Commissioner, is a blood relation of President Goodluck Jonathan, has reportedly deposited large sums of money into a
private bank account for the purpose of the buying-off INEC Form EC 1.
“To the best of our knowledge, INEC does not sell its forms neither are we aware that the Commission had at any time directed its RECs to open supermarkets where it could sell election materials. So, we are shocked that the REC in Rivers State would ever be named in such alleged dirty deal when INEC’s National Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, is working to give Nigerians free, fair and credible elections,” the group said.
In a statement by Ibim Semenitari, Director of Communications, GTCO, which is
the campaign outfit of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, condemned PDP for representing everything undemocratic, evil and reactionary.
“Not done with its regime of violence, imprisonment and framing-up of APC members and supporters to have undue advantage at the polls, PDP has further stretched its evil empire to buy Result Sheets.
“We believe this is part of its pool of evil accessory to cheat on Rivers voters, deny
them the respect of their choices and plunge the state into crisis. PDP is known to thrive in violence and blood-letting.
“Since the last anchor in this race was entered, PDP in fury and extension of its violent résumé, has mobilised its militias across Rivers State to unleash mayhem on APC chieftains and shed the blood of members.
“Last Monday, the party despatched its militias stationed in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government who attacked Rivers State Commissioner for Power, Hon. Augustine Nwokocha, razed his house and that of his Personal Assistant, Samson Obua, killed his relation and damaged property worth millions of Naira.
“Reports had it that the armed killers had been quartered in a hotel owned by a leader of PDP in Rivers State and had after the wicked operation, returned to the same hotel
located in Omoku,” the statement claimed.
GTCO further revealed that its members now live in fear as PDP has turned into a hunter hounding into detention, members of APC with fictitious charges against them.
“APC members now live in fear in Rivers State as PDP has, unfortunately, turned the police into its armed wing.
“Apart from keeping Hon. Charles Anyanwu, Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Etche local government in prison over allegations of illegal possession of firearms, killing of APC members every day and threats to the life of the governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, PDP has vowed to unleash mayhem on Rivers people even after the elections.
“While we call for calm on the side of APC members, we call on PDP and the police to
allow the people to choose their leaders through the ballots. We also call on the INEC REC to be upright in her dealings with political parties and shun undue influence in her duties.
“We would remind her that she was not posted to Rivers State to undermine the will of the people but to promote democracy through overseeing a transparent conduct of polls. A word is enough for the wise!” Semenitari said in the statement