The national headquarters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it is not hurt with the outcome of the rescheduled Rivers state governorship election.
The outcome of the said election saw the incumbent governor of the state Nyesom Wike re-elected with wide margin, leaving the candidate of Rotimi Ameachi-backed AAC behind.
Speaking in an interview with Blueprint, the APC National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said his party has nothing to do with Rivers state governorship election.
When confronted that his party in Rivers state adopted the candidate of AAC who came second, Onilu said “No.
“So, on that basis, whatever happened in Rivers, whether a Local Government that gave 80% total during Presidential election suddenly produced 320,000 for Wike during governorship election didn’t hurt us in any way.
“No, we don’t have anything to do with the Rivers State election. APC didn’t have candidates in Rivers state and that is why all, from the beginning, we didn’t throw ourselves so much into it. You knew what the Supreme Court did that, we were not qualified to contest.
“If INEC says that was correct, fine, it is up to the parties involved to take actions if they find it necessary but for us as a party, we didn’t have the opportunity to contest in Rivers state.”
According to APC spokesman, “Whatever local arrangement they (APC chieftains) had there, we were not aware of it, we were not part of it. I’m sure you didn’t see anybody there campaigning for anybody outside of APC,” Onilu stated.