A coalition of governorship candidates and party chairmen in Rivers state has decried an alleged rigging of the governorship and state houses of assembly elections in the state by the Peoples Democratic Party-led government.
The coalition, in a statement signed by Pastor Warigbani Ezekiel Zebulun, Chairman, CGCPC & Governorship candidate of APDA and Hon. Chibuzor Anele, Secretary CGCPC & Chairman, NDCP, accused the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike of rigging the election in the state.
The coalition who commended what it described as the professionalism displayed by both the army and police before, during and after the election, however condemned the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, for allegedly paying deaf ears to what it described as unethical and undemocratic activities of Wike during the election.
According to the coalition, “We, the Coalition of Governorship Candidates and Party Chairmen in Rivers State wish to commend the good people of Rivers State for coming out en mass to cast their vote for their preferred candidate.
However, we condemn in strong terms the inordinate and unpatriotic actions of the Governor of Rivers State and gubernatorial candidate of PDP Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike….”
“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. On the premise of this ugly and shameful acts, the collation of results has been suspended by INEC.
“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 ears 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.
“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.”