Magnus Abe, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate who was declared as winner of the Rivers South East senatorial election, has attributed his victory to a reward from God for his faithfulness to his party, people and leaders over the years.
In a victory speech on Monday, Abe asked the state governor, Nyesom Wike, to congratulate him just as he promised in the buildup to the election.
“He (Wike) had promised that there was nothing personal in this contest and he has said that if I win he will congratulate me. The only barometer for measuring success in an election in this country is the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the commission has declared me the winner, I want to call on the governor to keep his words and send me his letter and words of congratulation because I have won,” the senator-elect said.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has however rejected Abe’s victory, because “elections never took place in the whole of Rivers South East senatorial district.” It called on INEC to cancel the result.
In a statement on Monday, the chairman of the party in the state, Felix Obuah, challenged the APC, INEC, Army, Police or other security agencies to show proof that there was election in the zone. “Whoever lays claim to results in the area or claims that election took place is a criminal,” the party said.
Obuah accused the army of arresting over 200 innocent citizens, shooting at citizens and killing one person. He said that in Barako, Gokana LGA, the army invaded the community on Abe’s orders and whisked away scores of persons including one Chief Awindi Dughor, a chieftain of the PDP to an unknown destination.
The PDP alleged that the director of finance and administration in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Derrick Mene, with the connivance of security agencies stationed along the road at School to Land axis of Wiiyaakara in Khana Local Government Area, hijacked materials meant for Wards 8, 9, 18 and other wards. Mene reportedly took the hijacked materials to his hotel at Wiiyaakara where they thump-printed and wrote results.