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Not even election observers can convince the APC and APGA that the polls in Rivers were credible

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Not even election observers can convince the APC and APGA that the polls in Rivers were credible

By Tersoo Achineku

The current power crisis in Rivers State doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon as some political parties and observers have aired contrary opinions on the outcome of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the State.

In a press conference in Port Harcourt,The United Nations Women and Pan African Observers explained that the elections organised in the state were free, fair, peaceful and creditable.

President of the group, Mrs. Eno Udensi explained that the Governor Elect,Chief Nyesom Wike of the PDP won the elections in a transparent manner, his win reflecting the will of the people.

However, representatives of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), have countered the reports of the observers, claiming that the group were biased and manipulated.

Mr Ajentekebia Harry of AGPA speculated that the Pan African Observers probably did not cover every part of the state and explained that their report would only mislead the people.

“You cannot tell us that the Presidential and National Assembly elections, including the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections in the state were free and fair,” he explained.

“It is unbelievable because there were incidents of shooting, killing and snatching of ballot boxes in different parts of the state. I am a candidate for House of Assembly in Asari/Toru, I know what I saw; there was no election in my constituency because of shooting.”

In the same vein, Mrs Victoria Nyeche, the APC House of Assembly candidate, Port Harcourt City constituency 1, concurred that the elections were manipulated and marked by so many irregularities.

“I truly appreciate you as observers, but one thing we must know is that it is not everywhere in Rivers State that you monitored election,” she said.

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