PDP faults piecemeal release of Rivers rerun results


• S’West zonal leaders support northern chairman

The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) yesterday condemned what it called the piecemeal release of results of the March 19 Rivers State and National Assembly rerun by the Independent National Electoral Commission,(INEC).

Before it announced suspension of results and the entire exercise, it had released results from nine state constituencies and one federal constituency.

In the second batch of results made available on Tuesday and signed by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, the PDP maintained its lead by winning three federal constituencies, while it shared two state constituency seats with its main rival, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Meanwhile, South-West zonal leaders of the party have endorsed the ceding of the chairmanship position of the party to the Northern region.
The zonal party hierarchy made the endorsement on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ meeting of the party held in Ibadan, the Oyo State

Speaking with newsmen yesterday, deputy national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus alleged that the electoral body was taking instructions from the ruling party on what to do with the outcome of the Rivers rerun which he claimed his party won overwhelmingly .

Appraising INEC’s record since assumption of office by the commission’s national chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yaquub, Secondus expressed concern that all the elections conducted by the electoral body were inconclusive; Kogi, Bayelsa and the Rivers rerun.

The PDP acting chairman, who accused INEC of turning itself to a parastatal of the APC further alleged that the commission has not fixed a date for fresh election because it was waiting for instruction from APC.

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