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Rivers Rerun: INEC Denies Circulating Fake Results Sheets

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked media reports that fake result sheets were deployed for the rerun election in Akuku-Toru, Tai and Bonny local government areas Rivers State.

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had raised the alarm that the All Progressives Congress (APC) imported printing press from Lagos for the purpose of printing fake INEC result sheets.

But, INEC, in a statement posted on its website yesterday reads, “The Attention of The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to allegations that Fake Result sheets are being deployed for today’s election in Akuku-Toru, Tai and Bonny LGA’s.

“The Allegations are untrue and they should be discountenanced. Voters are advised to come out and Exercise their franchise peacefully. However, Result sheets with BAR CODES and Serial number are valid.
Remember: Voting starts and ends until the last person accredited has voted.”

Meanwhile, Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has declared that the INEC  was not prepared for the re-run elections in the state, noting that the challenges that greeted the elections would have been avoided if the commission had prepared for the re-run elections.

The governor, however gave pass mark to the security  agencies for maintaining  law and order  in the  state, during yesterday’s National and State Assembly rerun election.

Wike spoke to newsmen after casting his vote along with his wife, Justice Suzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike, at Unit 7, Ward 9, Rumueprikom community in Obio/Akpor local government area of the state.

He regretted that some areas in the state do not have  result sheets, which could lead to violence as the  people suspect foul play, pointing out that information  available to him indicate that INEC failed to take necessary measures to ensure credible polls.

Wike said, “It is obvious that INEC was not prepared for  the  re-run elections. They refused to tell members of  the  public  the challenges they hard.”

Meanwhile, unknown gunmen yesterday kidnapped the state secretary of the PDP, Prince Ibiba Walter in his community, Ibaka in Okrika local government area of the state.

The kidnap of Walter, who is also the state commissioner for Water Resources, came barely eight hours after a chieftain of the APC, Elyon Ntiro Elijah, was kidnapped at Ngo, headquarters of Andoni local government area of the state.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ahmad Muhammad, said the State Police Command is yet to be informed about the kidnap of the secretary of the PDP secretary.

Muhammad, who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said even the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Okrika Police Division, is yet to be briefed.

Muhammad said, “I heard about the kidnap of the commissioner on radio; I have called the DPO of Okrika but he said he has not gotten any report like that.”

Meanwhile, members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who were to conduct the election in Eleme local government area of the state, were ambushed by hoodlums, who hijacked the electoral materials from them at gun point.

One of the victims, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the materials were meant for Alode-Eleme Ward 1 and 2.

The post Rivers Rerun: INEC Denies Circulating Fake Results Sheets appeared first on Nigerian News from Leadership News.

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