APC Wants Election In Rivers State Re-Run

Nigeria’s main opposition All Progressives Congress called for elections in the southern oil-producing Rivers state to be annulled and re-run, alleging that Saturday’s ballot had been rigged.

Electoral officials failed to release the election results, and collaborated and colluded with the ruling People’s Democratic Party to distort the outcome, Ibim Semenitari, a spokeswoman for Rivers state Governor Rotimi Amaechi, said in an e-mailed statement on Sunday. Violence was also used to deter people from voting and APC supporters and officials had been arrested, she said.

“In substance, there was no election in Rivers state,” she said. The APC calls for the “outright cancellation and rescheduling” of the vote.

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 The election, which was delayed by six weeks, is the most closely contested since military rule ended in 1999 in Africa’s most populous nation. President Goodluck Jonathan, 57, and his People’s Democratic Party are facing a united opposition led by former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, a 72-year-old northern Muslim who’s lost three previous elections. Amaechi defected from the PDP to the APC in 2013.

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