By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HAR-COURT— Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to take steps to promote peace in the state.
Wike who spoke, weekend, in Port Harcourt, at an executive session of the just concluded Guild of Editors conference, pleaded with the electoral body not to succumb to pressure to do what could provoke electoral violence in the state. He alleged pressure being mounted on the electoral body to announce result for Tai Local Government Area, an area where the same INEC suspended the March 19 rerun elections.
Governor Wike said that if the electoral body succumbed to pressure to act wrongly it could provoke crisis. He pleaded with INEC to help sustain the atmosphere of peace in the state by sticking to the electoral guidelines.
The governor, who said that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state had continued to remain vigilant after INEC suddenly postponed the concluding part of the rerun elections it had slated for July 2016, stressed that the electoral body’s excuse for its action was untenable.
He said that though INEC gave insecurity as reason for the postponement the state was actually safe. Assuring that he will continue to work for peace at all times, Wike said Rivers State had remained largely peaceful since he assumed office.
The governor said that there had been deliberate efforts to frustrate his administration’s peace efforts with frequent changes of heads of security agencies in the state but he had continued to do his best. “Since I came in they have changed the Commissioner of Police state several times.”