Hundreds of APC supporters in Rivers State yesterday staged a peaceful protest to the INEC office in Port Harcourt over alleged flaws in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in the state, calling for its cancellation.Gubernatorial candidate of the party, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, his deputy, Asita O. Asita, Senator Magnus Abe, the Chief of Staff, Government House in Port Harcourt, Tony Okocha, commissioners, federal and state lawmakers, as well as their supporters were among the protesters.INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega yesterday at a news conference in Abuja expressed concern with the development in Rivers, saying the commission was investigating the allegations with a view to taking appropriate actions where necessary. He said any INEC official found culpable in any malpractice would be dealt with according to the law. Governor Chibuike Amaechi on Saturday boycotted the elections in Ubima, his hometown, alleging non availability of election result sheets. The protesters said APC members did not vote in the elections and called for the removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dame Gesila Khan.They defied the heavy security build up from Waterline Junction to the Aba/Port Harcourt road office of INEC and marched to the gate, carrying placards, chanting war songs, Dakuku and other party leaders insisted on entering the INEC premises to register their grievances but were stopped by security agents. The protesters were at the gate for about 30 minutes.Senator Magnus Abe who represents Rivers South East in the Senate alleged that he was manhandled in his hometown in Gokana LGA, adding that nobody voted in his area.
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