The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it described as “confiscation’’ of the Rivers governorship election results, demanding the immediate release of the election result to avert a crisis.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued in Sunday in Abuja, said that the party completely condemn the subversive act by soldiers, who were alleged to have seized and diverted the results to an army barrack in Port Harcourt.
Earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had suspended electoral processes in Rivers state “as a result of violence.”
Festus Okoye, director of information and voter education committee, said reports from its officials on the field showed that the election was marred by widespread disruption.
According to him, many officials of the commission were held hostage while electoral materials were seized.
He had said, “These initial reports suggest that violence occurred in a substantial number of polling units and collation centers,” the statement read.
“Staff have been taken hostage and materials including result sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorised persons.
“In addition, safety of our staff appears to be in jeopardy all over the state and the Commission is concerned about the credibility of the process.
“Consequently, at a meeting held on 10th March 2019, the Commission has decided to suspend all electoral processes in the State until further notice. This is in line with Section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and Clause 47 (e) of the Regulations and Guidelines of the Commission.”