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Rivers results announced by INEC reflect votes of the people, says Ibim Semenitari

Ibim Semenitari, a former commissioner for information in Rivers, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state does not manipulate election results.

According to the Cable Newspaper, Semenitari, director, new media, PDP campaign council for the Rivers governorship election, decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP in November 2022.

Semenitari said on Saturday that the Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) findings accurately represent what happened at the polling places in response to claims of electoral tampering in Rivers following the elections on February 25.

We take responsibility seriously. We won't act in such a manner, she declared.

"How can we get involved in something that may harm their rights when we need everyone in Rivers state to win the elections?

"Our sole source of power is the electorate, and we need them on our side more than ever.

"The figures released by INEC line up with the result sheets that were recorded by watchful voters.

"Despite early scepticism from voters who believed that their lack of participation would result from the IREC's malfunction, Peter Obi's victory was duly registered on the INEC server in two voting units watched in Elelenwo, a bastion of the PDP.

The same was observed in voting places in the LGAs of PHA, Okrika, Opobo/Nkoro, Andoni, and other LGAs watched by by reporters and impartial observers.

"Such significant compliance may, in fact, exonerate the INEC staff in the state of Rivers from accusations of manipulating results. We should, in my opinion, give reality precedence over opinion.

The former commissioner further stated that the results "were a true reflection of what took place" in her polling places.

Among other states, Rivers' handling of the presidential and national assembly elections has drawn criticism.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been requested to review the presidential election results in 10 states by political economy professor Pat Utomi.

Peter Obi, the Labour Party's presidential candidate, is supported by a coalition of political parties, social movements, and civil society organisations (CSOs), led by Utomi (LP).

Lagos, Rivers, Imo, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Katsina, Adamawa, and Akwa Ibom were the states he listed.

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