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Rivers election peaceful because of security – Amaechi

Victor Azubuike

March. 09, 2019

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has attributed the peaceful conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections to the effort of security agencies deployed in the state.
Amaechi said those who are against the deployment of security are those who have concluded plans to attack electorates and hijack electoral materials which he claimed was the situation during 2015 general elections.
Amaechi who spoke at Ward eight, unit fourteen in Ubima community accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of bias with reference to the situation at Khana Local Government where he claimed that all the electoral officers are members of the ruling party in the state.
“So far, we have not heard of any shootings and killings. We are completely happy that the Army and the Police are everywhere maintaining the peace. We have held elections in Rivers State where over fifteen to twenty persons were killed but this is the only election that has recorded peace and it is because of the presence of the Military.
“The militants have fled because of the presence of the Military and we are voting peacefully. And you know, one thing about the Soldiers is that they are apolitical, they are neither supporting APC nor AAC or PDP. What they are doing is to maintain peace and ensure that nobody disrupts the process. I think we will prefer to have this kind of election where everybody is having peace.
“Beyond the fact that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State recruited PDP members as adhoc staff, I think the process is a bit straight forward. For instance, in Khana LGA, the people are refusing to vote because all the adhoc staff are known members of the PDP and the electorates have said they would not vote until INEC changes the adhoc staff. So, the point remains that if not for the bias of INEC one would say that the election is to a great extent free and fair because nobody is intimidating the people and there is relative peace. But, unfortunately, the REC is unrepentantly a PDP member.
“Wike doesn’t like the fact that the Military is maintaining peace, whereas, he stays in Government House with his own security and people are dying on the streets of Port Harcourt. Wike is so desperate about power. Just yesterday (Friday) PDP thugs killed two people in my mother’s village… The Governor says there is voter apathy because of Soldiers’ presence. There is no time we don’t have voter apathy in Rivers State. What usually happens is they (PDP) write results and announce, now they are not opportune to write results,” Amaechi noted.
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