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I was slapped, injured at Rivers INEC office – Tonye Cole

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I was slapped, injured at Rivers INEC office – Tonye Cole

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers, Tonye Cole, has recounted his ordeal at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the state.

According to him, he was assaulted during the fracas that broke out at INEC’s office.

Cole had gone to the office to inspect materials used during the March 18 election.

Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) however insisted that both parties would inspect the materials at the same time, resulting in violence.

The PDP candidate, Sim Fubara, had been declared the winner of the governorship election.

Speaking with Channels Television on Monday, Cole said: “They had barricaded the road from GRA junction. They began to assault me. First, they were throwing water, then they began to throw food. The next minute they started throwing stones.

“The next thing, we started hearing gunshots. It took my security people to forcefully evict me. They destroyed our vehicles, they injured me.

“They slapped me, they punched me, they dragged me, and then threw stones at me until I was injured in the back.”

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