Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Tonye Cole has described the state as a “hijacked PDP state.”
Cole, who made this known in a statement alleged that polling units were hijacked and taken to unknown destinations by the ruling party during the just concluded elections.
He noted that they knew such a thing was going to happen, adding that there was not enough security to counter it.
He also said he would have loved a free, fair and credible election devoid of intimidation and violence, as a fair election would have shown that Rivers was not a PDP state.
Part of his statement reads,
“They came and carried the entire polling unit and took them to an unknown destination and the next thing we saw is that these results were uploaded.
“We knew that it was going to happen because we had heard it in a small political environment and so we knew that there were plans to kidnap [people]. We saw people come into the polling unit who were strange.
“There was not enough security to counter that in any case, it was a national election, and security was widespread. We had choices and one of the choices that we had was to arm and equip our own side equally, but this was going to escalate into bloodshed, and death and we chose not to.”
“I would have loved this to be tested without intimidation, without violence and just allow a free and fair election to hold. The violence and the ability to rig has kept Rivers State a PDP state since 1999.