Rivers Rerun: PDP Accuses APC Of Printing Electoral Materials
The political atmosphere in Rivers state is again getting charged as political parties put themselves together ahead of the conclusion of the legislative rerun election.
There was drama at number 12 Isiokpo Street, Port Harcourt, the state capital when security operatives on a tipoff, stormed an office and found sensitive electoral materials and busy computers.
The materials, which were caught on camera include result sheets and other documents with the prints of the All Progressives Congress.
On interrogation by security operatives, the head of the printing outfit, Atonye Peterside said that he was contracted to print the materials like it is with any other printing job.
“I am a printer, somebody brought these materials and said they want to use it for tribunal matter. Honourable Emma Chinda brought them that they need more copies… And you know we serve the public, I don’t work for INEC,” he said.
But as far as the Rivers State Governor and the PDP in the state are concerned, there is more to this than meets the eye.
Governor Nyesom Wike accused the APC of running a syndicate for printing INEC sensitive materials to perpetuate electoral fraud ahead of the legislative polls.
“Who are those involved? We can show you that the printer is a member of the APC, the printer is the cousin of the man we defeated in the governorship election, I hear he is the DG of NIMASA, Dr Aldolphus Dakuku Peterside, we can show you his membership card and a picture of him during a campaign of the APC, we knew they were going to fabricate results,” he alleged.
However, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone is not troubled. He believes this is a script put together by the PDP.
According to him, the persons in this matter are not known by the party.
He said: “The idea is to contrive something; maybe electoral materials and plant somewhere to take out some persons so that you will have a freeway in the election.
“We have heard confessional statements of things that never happened…and from what we know, the individuals they paraded as members of the APC are not known to us, it was contrived.”
While confirming the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, CP Francis Odesanya, informed Channels Television that investigations were ongoing and an official statement would be presented soon.
Observers are hopeful that another crisis would not mar the December 10 date for the conduct of the polls