The Independent National Electoral Commission has eventually allowed the controversial Rivers State presidential election results, wherein the PDP polled over 1 million votes to stand.
The APC had protested the results, saying there was no election in the state, a position corroborated by some international observers following which INEC sent a fact-finding panel to the state.
The 3-man panel recommended that the election be cancelled and a fresh one ordered.
But the national commissioners examined the recommendation and rejected it, saying the results should stand.
In the results released, PDP polled a total of 1,487,075 votes to APC’s 69, 238 votes.
Jega unfolded the decision of the commission in respect of the election at the INEC’s Collation Centre at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Tuesday.
The decision to send a fact-finding team to Rivers was at the root of the complaint by PDP official and former Niger Delta Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe, at the collation centre.
Orubebe held Jega and the collation process hostage for a long time demanding explanation for why the commission’s chairman worked on APC’s petition in respect of Rivers, while allegedly refusing to accept PDP’s petition in respect of Kano election results.
After a long while, Jega responded to the allegation, denying any bias in his action.
He said he refused to take PDP’s petition tabled by Col. Tony Iyiam because it was not properly channeled.
He said Iyiam brought the petition to the collation centre during the declaration of results instead of to INEC Secretary at the commission’s office.