Coalition of Governorship candidates, political parties calls for redeployment of Rivers REC
Yomi|March. 10, 2019
By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT – The Coalition of Governorship Candidates and Party Chairmen in Rivers State has called for the redeployment of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Obo Effanga out of the state, alleging that he is compromised.
The body also commended commend the people of Rivers State for coming out en mass to cast their vote for their preferred candidate, alleging that the governorship of the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, organised team that hijack electoral material.
This was contained in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, jointly signed by Pastor Warigbani Ezekiel Zebulun Chairman, CGCPC, and Governorship candidate APDA, Hon. Chibuzor Anele Secretary CGCPC & Chairman, NDCP, in the state.
The statement read: “We condemn in strong term the alleged inordinate and unpatriotic actions of the Governor of Rivers State and gubernatorial candidate of PDP Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike, who stooped too low to personally hijack the election result sheets and materials meant for Obio/Akpor LGA during which process, an Army officer was shot by his thugs. This acts goes to confirm our earlier allegations against the Wike-led State government of gun running.
“It is on record that the State Governor had earlier in his speech commended INEC for her free, fair and credible conduct of the election in the State. We therefore, express shock at his call for cancellation of the exercise, as his shameful act of thuggery greets his imminent defeat. On the premise of this ugly and shameful acts, the collation of results has been suspended by INEC.
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“The Resident Electoral COMMISSIONER of INEC Rivers State had earlier appointed a younger brother to the Rivers South East senatorial District Candidate of PDP, who also is a strong member of PDP as the returning officer for Khan’s local Government area. The REC also in his voodoo dance appointed PDP members as returning officers for Emohua, Eleme, Andoni, OKRIKA, Omuma, Ogu/Bolo, Tai and PHALGA, with an instruction to deliver the PDP.
“In spite of the above, the REC paid deaf hears to the unethical and undemocratic activities of the Guber candidate of PDP who hijacked all electoral materials of Obio/Akpor LGA at the collation center.
“We therefore, in the spirit of fairness call on the National Chairman of INEC Prof. Mamood Yakubu to, as a matter of urgency, redeploy the State Resident Electoral COMMISSIONER in charge of Rivers State to enable the new REC to continue the electoral process.
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“We wholeheartedly commend the Army for the display of professionalism and ensuring adequate security before, during and after the election, we pray them to maintain the tempo as only those with sinister plans will not appreciate the commendable efforts of the Army.
“We call on the Nigerian Police and her sister agencies to continue to beef-up adequate security in the State to forestall further breakdown of laws and order.”