kick against the re-deployment of Rivers Resident Electoral Commissioner
Rivers Women from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) to conclude  the Collation Process for the Governorship  election and declare Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike duly re-elected.

Rivers Women in peaceful March, demand release of Governorship Election Results

They also demanded that the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Rivers State,  Obo Effanga be allowed to conclude the Collation Process,  since he conducted  the 2019 General Elections.

The Rivers Women were dressed in White to signify peace and their commitment  to  the peaceful conclusion of the 2019 General Elections.

The women who embarked on a peaceful March to the State Headquarters of the Nigerian Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) warned the Nigerian Army to stop forthwith the Intimidation  of Rivers people.

The women who were in their thousands held placards with the following inscriptions: “Amaechi you cannot be Governor for a third term “, “Nigerian Army should stop intimidating Rivers people”, “Leave Rivers REC Alone” and “INEC must conclude  Collation of Rivers Governorship Election results “.

The women also stated that the Former Rivers State Governor,  Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi cannot govern the state for an illegal third term through  the back door.

They stated that they overwhelmingly voted for Governor Wike in across the state and in most cases they stayed at the Collation Centres to defend their votes, despite the threats by personnel of the Nigerian Army and F-SARs.

Leader of Rivers Women, Mrs Ukel Oyaghiri said that the process of Collation and Declaration of Results  must be concluded as unnecessary delay  is no longer appreciated.

“We want our results  to be declared . We don’t want further delays . The state is at a standstill  because of the  non release of our  results. This delay is becoming dangerous.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner,  Obo Effanga should be allowed to conclude  the Collation process.  He was the one who conducted the elections.  This is a process  that should  be concluded by him”, Oyaghiri said.

She urged the Police to stand with the people by joining them to defend the votes of Rivers people. She said said that the votes of Rivers people must count and  there should be no further delay.

A Rivers Women Leader, Chinyeru Agbaru noted that all results in the custody  of INEC should be collated and declared.

She stated that there is no reason for the Resident Electoral Commissioner to be redeployed  as being canvassed by the APC in Rivers State.

Also speaking,  Women Leader of Rivers PDP, Mrs Victoria Allison appreciated the police for stopping  the Nigerian Army invasion of the Rivers State Governorship Collation Centre on March 10. She said that Rivers Women were dressed in white to show that they support  the peaceful conclusion of the 2019 General Election.

She said that Rivers State  successfully  held the Governorship election and the votes  of the people must  count.

A Female Youth Leader, Soibi Ibibo Jack said that Governor Wike  has won  the election  and should be declared  winner by INEC.

She warned the police against disrupting the Governorship Collation exercise  as currently being rumoured.  Jack said that the police are under obligation  to be neutral.

Jack said that those calling for this transfer of the Resident Electoral Commissioner are doing so because he refused to be compromised. She said he should be allowed to complete  the Collation.

Responding on behalf of the Rivers State Police Command, Assistant Commissioner of Police,  Betty Otimeye said the message of Rivers women will be passed to the appropriate authorities  for action  to be taken.

At the DSS Headquarters in Port Harcourt,  Rivers women said that they demand  rests on the declaration  of all collated  results within scheduled period.


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