Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart in Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA), Prince Kelvin Ekelechukwu Umejuru has defended the request by his party to be allowed joint inspection of materials used for the just concluded Governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State, arguing that such request is reasonable in all ramifications.
Reacting to reported violent eruption at the INEC office on Monday, Umejuru condemned the objections of the APC and its defeated Governorship candidate, Pastor Tonye Cole to allow other parties participate in the inspection of the electoral materials.
“That action of the APC was clearly undemocratic, and I believe it’s this unpopular behavior that precipitated the violence. It’s high time politicians learn to accept defeat after elections.
You don’t expect the heavens to fall for your sake, just because Rivers people rejected you and your party”, the youthful prince told the APC.
Prince Umejuru however advised the APC and its supporters to always follow the due process of the law in seeking legal redress and not take the laws into their own hands.
The ONELGA PDP chieftain seized the opportunity to congratulate Rivers Governor-elect, Sir Siminalayi Fubara on the glorious collection of Certificate of Return from INEC.
He also hailed all the elected National and State Assembly members who has equally received their Certificates of Return, and urged them to be good ambassadors of the PDP after their inauguration next month.
Recall that some PDP supporters had gathered at INEC office early Monday morning to demand that all political parties must be allowed to jointly inspect INEC documents.
Specifically, the PDP protesters were demanding for joint inspection of the Certified True Copies (CTC) of result sheets used in the February 25 and March 18 elections in Rivers State for the party’s tribunal cases.