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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, February 25, said it had rejected the presidential election result in Akwa Ibom, declared by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the collation centre in Uyo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in the result announced by collation officers for the election, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, won in 28 local government area out of 31 in the state.
He polled 391, 844 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, who scored 158, 788 votes.
But, APC’s agent for the election at the state collation center, Samuel Akpan, told newsmen that he had the mandate of his party to reject the entire result as announced by INEC.
He said that the process was compromised and demanded the cancellation of the results, describing the process as “a scam’’. “The result does not reflect the true position of what happened in the units and wards.This is not the democracy that we wanted.
APC is a peace-loving party and therefore, is not prone to violence. “Our party is not satisfied with the whole collation process from the unit to the state collation centre.There was vote-buying and the entire process was compromised. The integrity of the whole exercise has been undermined.
The umpire ought to be fair,”he said. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mike Igini, said that politicians have continuously threatening electoral officers.
Igini recalled that he warned that election may be cancelled in places where there were violence and snatching of ballot boxes, adding that politicians were the ones that often disrupted elections.
“I had said it that the reprobate politicians we have in our country would be the one to disrupt this election. “We are out for openness but politicians are out for chaos.
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The period of snatching of ballot paper is past. “I want people to know that in this state we have vowed to give purpose to the elections.
“To the people who are threatening our staff, stop the intimidation because the intimidation is getting too much,” Igini said.
He said that the elections in Udung Uko local government area was cancelled because it was characterised by hostilities, violence and snatching of electoral materials.The electoral officer in the LGA, Emeka Adizua, said that he was attacked and had to be rescued by the Police in Oron.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of presidential and National Assembly elections being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
We gathered that the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, speaking to journalists on Monday, February 25, in Abuja, described the figures being announced by INEC as incorrect and totally unacceptable. He alleged that INEC in collusion with the APC had decided to alter the election result to favour the ruling party.
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Ten and thousands of Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in largest rally in weeks
Source: AFP- A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong Sunday in a defiant show to the city’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters carrying umbrellas poured across the heart of Hong Kong island defying torrential rain and a police order not to march from a park where they had gathered earlier for a rally.
Weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of masked black-clad protesters engulfed by tear gas during street battles against riot police stunning a city once renowned for its stability.
Sunday’s action, which organisers the Civil Human Rights Front said drew more than 1.7 million in the largest rally in weeks, was billed as a return to the “peaceful” origins of the leaderless protest movement.
“It’s been a long day and we’re very tired, but to see so many people out in the rain marching for Hong Kong gives strength to everyone,” said Danny Tam, a 28-year-old graphic designer.
The unprecedented political crisis was sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.
But protests have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.
Anger has been sharpened among protesters by the perceived heavy-handedness of the police who have used tear gas, baton charges and rubber bullets in incidents that have pinballed across social media.
“The police are doing things that are totally unacceptable,” said Yim, who like many of the protesters gave only one name.
“They are hurting citizens, they aren’t protecting us.”
AFP / Manan VATSYAYANATorrential rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of protesters in Hong Kong
Communist Party-ruled mainland China has taken an increasingly hardline tone towards the protesters, decrying the “terrorist-like” actions of a violent hardcore minority among the demonstrators.
Despite the near-nightly clashes with police, the movement has won few concessions from Beijing or the city’s unelected leadership.
Hong Kong Activities face crucial weekend test after airport setback
Source: AFP- Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move.
Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis with the communist mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”.
Chinese state media have put out images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, while the United States has warned Beijing against sending in troops, a move many analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China.
The nationalistic Global Times newspaper said there would not be a repeat of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which hundreds — or even thousands — are believed to have been killed, if Beijing moves to quash the protests.
“The incident in Hong Kong won’t be a repeat of the June 4th political incident in 1989,” it said, insisting the country now had more sophisticated approaches.
It was a rare reference to the bloody events, which are taboo in China.
Hong Kong’s protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.
Millions of people have hit the streets while clashes have broken out between police and small groups of hardcore protesters for 10 consecutive weekends.
For most of that time, US President Donald Trump has taken a hands-off approach to the unrest but began speaking up this week, suggesting any potential trade deal with Beijing could be upended by a violent response from the mainland.
Speaking on Thursday, Trump urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet protesters and solve the crisis “humanely”.