The Rivers State Police on Saturday uncovered a syndicate that specialised in printing fake election result sheets at printing press in Port Harcourt.
It is suspected that the result sheets are meant to be used during the forthcoming re-run election in the state.
The printing press, Help-Mate Consult located at 12 Isiokpo Street, D-Line in Port Harcourt was printing fake result sheets for seven local government areas of the Rivers South-East when the police stormed the facility upon a tip off by a concerned Nigerian.
Director of Help-Mate Consult , Atonye Peters, a prominent member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area claimed that the printing contract was given to him by Mr. Emma Chinda, an APC Leader and former Commissioner for Agriculture under then Governor Rotimi Amaechi .
According to him, the printing press had already completed two sets of fake result sheets for two local government areas before the police got wind of the illegal act.
He was arrested alongside three of his staff, Richard Koko from Okrika, Nanee Godday from Khana and Tammy Garrick.
Items recovered by the police at the printing press include state-of-the-art printing machine and computers.
The police also recovered serially numbered result sheet booklets of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) which the printers used to attempt authentication of the fake result sheets.
Rivers State Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Felix Obuah, said the arrest of the printers of the fake rerun elections result sheets has vindicated the body on the plan by INEC and APC to rig the forthcoming rerun polls in the state.
Rivers State IPAC Secretary and Chairman of Accord Party, Sir Precious Baridoo, also condemned the plot to use fake result sheets to rig the rerun elections, saying that such attempts by the APC and INEC would be resisted.
Chairman of Social Democratic Party, Engr. Worlu and Chairman of Nigeria Peoples Party, Deacon Princewill said that on no account should the matter be swept under the carpet by federal authorities.