By Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the results of the governorship and House of Assembly elections held on Saturday, March 9, in Cross River State.
The APC governorship candidate, Senator John Owan-Enoh, and state House of Assembly candidates lost the elections to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate Ben Shade, and the party’s House of Assembly candidates.
In a press statement issued Monday by the state acting Chairman of the APC, John Ochala, the party said it rejects the result in totality, describing it as a hoax.
The statement read in part: “The All Progressives Congress Cross River (APC), State hereby informs the general public that we dissociate ourselves from this rape on democracy in the name of governorship and State House of Assembly elections. We are all witnesses to the day light robbery of our collective will and mandate, led by the PDP state government in active connivance with the INEC and security agencies.
“Despite the very responsible manner in which our teeming party faithful, and supporters went about their civic responsibility, the PDP in desperation to perpetuate their evil agenda killed several of our members who refused to compromise and resisted the vote stuffing carried out by the PDP.
“We call on all APC members and well wishers to remain calm and go about their lawful duties without let or hindrance while the party leadership explores all avenues within legal limits to correct this aberration.”