The Labour Party (LP) asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday to cancel “unverified and manipulated results” from Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State.
In a statement, the party’s National Chairman, Julius Abure, claimed that elections in Rivers were rigged in places like Obio/Akpor, Khana, Eleme, Obigbo, and Rumukoro, among others.
He also alleged that political thugs invaded various polling units and collation centres, took away election materials including the results sheets and “manipulated the BVAS machines and uploaded fake results into the Central portal”.
“We took special notice of incidents in places like Obio/Akpor, Khana, Eleme, Obigbo, Rumukoro, and several other areas where the Labour Party was clearly leading in virtually all polling units by very wide margins,” he said.
Abure claimed that the LP received 323 votes at polling units in Governor Nyesom Wike’s compound in Worji, compared to 5 votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 2 votes for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, the LP chairman claimed that security agents were used to steal ballot papers.
“Nigerians went into this election believing that the deployment of BVAS would be a perfect antidote to electoral malpractices in Nigeria, but what transpired across Nigeria, if allowed to stand, is purely a betrayal of trust by millions of Nigerians on INEC.”
“Some of these manipulations took place late at night. We demand that INEC investigate the political class’s atrocities against Nigerian voters.
“As a result, we are requesting that INEC rise to the occasion and cancel all unverified and manipulated results arising from the presidential and national assembly elections in Rivers state, particularly in places such as Obio/Akpor, Khana, Eleme, Obigbo, and Rumukoro, among others.”
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