Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to comply with an order of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, prohibiting the release of any result for the cancelled Tai Local Government Area in the March 19 re-run elections in the state. Speaking, yesterday, in Port Harcourt against the backdrop of a statement by the state’s spokesman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Chris Finebone, that the 2010 Electoral Act forbids any court, except an election tribunal, from challenging the actions of INEC on matters of elections, spokesman of the PDP, Mr Sam Wonosike, said that the matter was a pre-election issue.
According to him, there had been no result for Tai, since no election took place in the council for the PDP to challenge at the tribunal, adding that the party only approached the court as a pre-election matter to stop INEC from releasing what he termed fictitious result for an election that did not hold. “You can’t file an action on a matter that does not exist. It is a process that resulted in the suspension of the election in Tai.
This is not a post-election matter but a pre-election matter,” he said. He wondered where the Commissioner in charge of Operations for INEC, Amina Zakari, got figures she was allegedly planned to allocate to various political parties as results for the council, when the re-run election was suspended by the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, about 11 a.m., that same day. Wonosike, who said all his party was asking was that INEC should do the right thing, also commended the state government for payment of salaries of civil servants, saying that the biometrics verification of workers fished out ghost workers allegedly put into the payroll by officials of the former government.