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APC threatens to barricade INEC HQ over refusal to release CTC in Rivers

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APC threatens to barricade INEC HQ over The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State is threatening to take action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its alleged refusal to release the certified true copies (CTC) of the just-concluded elections in the state. The copies include that of Form EC8A, EC8B, EC8C, EC8D and other related EC series, concerning the February 25, 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections, as well as that of March 18, 2023 Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

The APC governorship candidate, Pastor Tonye Cole, addressed journalists at the INEC headquarters in Port Harcourt and stated that the party members and supporters will barricade the main entrance into the commission’s headquarters on Monday, April 3, 2023, until all necessary documents are handed over to them. Cole was accompanied by his running mate, Dr. Innocent Barikor, APC Chairman in the state, Chiec Emeka Beke, and the party legal adviser, Dike Ifeanyichukwu, among others.

The APC candidate accused INEC officials of attempting to frustrate the party’s efforts to challenge the outcome of the elections at the tribunal. He noted that the APC, like other political parties, has a limited period of time to go to the tribunal and that INEC has not released one CTC document to them, despite several requests. The APC has gotten court orders, but they have been ignored, which he believes is an attempt to sabotage their efforts.

Cole believes that the onus is on INEC as an independent regulator and administrator of elections to be fair and give the party what they need so that they can go to court. The APC expects to receive every necessary document on Monday, April 3, 2023, to prepare for the tribunal.

The APC in Rivers State is threatening to take action against INEC for its alleged refusal to release the certified true copies of election documents. The APC governorship candidate, Pastor Tonye Cole, has accused INEC officials of attempting to frustrate the party’s efforts to challenge the outcome of the elections at the tribunal. The APC expects to receive every necessary document on Monday, April 3, 2023, to prepare for the tribunal

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