Stay Away From Rivers, PDP Cautions Malami

Abubakar Malami

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, AGF, of the Federation, Abubakar Malami(SAN), of involvement in plots aimed at scuttling the collation of results of Rivers State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and has, therefore asked him to steer clear of the state.

The party also cautioned the minister to restrain himself from being used to commit unconstitutional acts in the collation of results, scheduled to begin in the state tomorrow.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, PDP claimed that Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, “has been boastfully claiming that Malami was working on a script whereupon he will write to the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to direct him to stop the collation of results.

“Our party urges Malami to note that there is no provision of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended) or any part of the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended) that, in anyway, empowers the AGF to interfere or stop the process of election, until declaration of result is made.

“It is imperative for the AGF to note that Amaechi will want to rope him in and use him to cause a constitutional crisis that has the capacity to derail our democracy.

“The constitution and laws of our nation are clear on the powers and statutory functions of the AGF and that he has no powers to interfere in the conduct of elections or direct the stoppage of an electoral process.

“The AGF should therefore, distance himself from the ignoble scheme to cause trouble in Rivers State by attempting to scuttle the collation of results in the Rivers governorship election, which has been clearly won by PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike.”

The party also urged INEC to save the nation from a serious crisis by asserting its independence in concluding the collation process as well as “respecting the will of the people, as expressed at the polls on March 9, by declaring Wike as rightful winner of the election without further delay.”

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