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Tribunal: Rivers REC denying us access to evidence – APC

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 at 7:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King Lagos

Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mrs. Gesila Khan, of blocking the party from having access to evidence of alleged rigging of the March 28 and April 11 elections with a view to seeking redress at the Election Petition Tribunal.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the APC chairman in Rivers State, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the party said it was shocked that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state could bar its party agents from accessing INEC premises to photocopy result sheets for the purported elections in preparation for the party’s appearance at the Election Petition Tribunal.

The party alleged that Khan’s hatred for APC and for truth and justice is unfathomable and deserves strong condemnation by all lovers of truth, justice and credible elections, adding that the APC agent wrote to REC shortly after INEC announced purported winners of the discredited polls, requesting for the Voter Registers, Materials Distribution forms E25A, Query Log for accredited voters, and Result sheets for all the 23 local government areas of the State.

“We made this request because under the Electoral Act, all results and other materials used for elections are meant to be available and accessible to all parties as soon as the elections are over to enable those who wish to challenge the results at the Elections Tribunal to do so within the 21 days prescribed by law for doing so.

“It is unfortunate that almost two weeks after the charade which she conjured in the name of elections in Rivers State, Mrs. Khan has refused to grant our request despite several reminders,” Ikanya lamented.

The APC chieftain also accused the REC of busying herself with the concocting and recording of figures with a view to hiding the monumental electoral fraud she orchestrated in concert with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on March 28 and April 11.