The All Progressives Congress, APC and the Media Committee of Senator Magnus Ngei Abe have stated their readiness to meet the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the Election Petition Tribunal to defend the mandate given to the Senator by the People of Rivers South East Senatorial District.
In a press release issued, Tuesday, in reaction to a statement by the PDP entitled, “PDP Heads to the Tribunal against Abe’s declaration as Senator”, the committee said that election petition tribunals were part of the democratic process in Nigeria and that there was nothing new about going to the tribunal.
The statement which was signed by spokesman of the committee, Mr. Parry Saroh Benson, said that up until the time of its reaction, the PDP had not been able to point out the electoral irregularities committed by APC in Rivers South East rerun election, rather, it said, the PDP had been making sweeping statements of how security personnel allegedly helped APC to win.
The committee said that Senator Abe and the APC were in possession of evidence of alleged efforts made by the PDP to rig the election even though APC won.
The committee advised the PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike to look for where to spend Rivers people’s money and not to waste it at the tribunal as the victory of Senator Abe was truly won at the ballot box.
It stated that because “PDP knew that APC truly won, they have been talking about concocting results without bringing their facts bare, which was an attempt to justify their loss, should APC win at the tribunal.”
The committee, therefore, urged the people of Rivers South East to exercise calm in the face of provocative comments by Chief Felix Obuah, the Chairman of PDP and enjoined them to ignore the PDP Chairman “as a man of no consequence who had reduced Omoku town and the entire Ogbaland to a ghost place.”
It added that Obuah had learnt something new about Ogoni as a people who knew their interest and could protect it at all times, pointing out that despite insinuations to use Ogoni against Ogoni, Obuah and Wike were disappointed.
The statement urged Ogoni people to reject the goodwill message from Felix Obuah “as he has no good will for the people of Ogoni.