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Rivers Poll: Wike, Awara Appear Before INEC Fact-Finding C’tee

Rivers State governor and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the governorship candidate of the African Action Alliance (AAC), Biokpomabo yesterday appeared before the Fact-Finding Committee of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) behind closed doors.
This is as the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) in Rivers State, have faulted calls by some governorship candidates in the state for the redeployment of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Obo Effanga.

INEC, had while announcing the suspension of the entire electoral process in Rivers State, said of set up a Fact-finding Committee to investigate alleged harassment and intimidation of its staff and agents of political parties by security agents and political thugs.

However, details of the meeting between the INEC committee and the two leading governorship candidates in the state were not made public.

Meanwhile, the IPAC and CUPP in the state have called on the chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to disregard the calls for the redeployment of the REC in the state, Effanga, saying that the calls were aimed at creating ugly atmosphere for the concoction of election results.

Chairman of IPAC in the state, Precious Baridoo, who addressed newsmen on Port Harcourt yesterday on behalf of the two groups, condemned the alleged use of the Nigerian Army to invade INEC office in the state.

Baridoo said, “The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Rivers State; Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) and Coalition of Governorship Candidates in Rivers State, hereby call on the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to disregard calls by a few renegade APC (All Progressives Congress) sponsored governorship candidates for the transfer of the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner and the State Administrative Secretary of INEC.

“These calls sponsored by the Minister of Transportation and the APC is aimed at creating the ugly atmosphere for the concoction of results and the rigging of the Rivers State Governorship election, which has been won by the Rivers State PDP Governorship Candidate, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

“We also strongly condemn the criminal use of the Nigerian Army by the APC to abduct electoral officers and snatch already collated results for the purpose of rigging the Governorship election in favour of the APC supposed candidate.

“It is most unfortunate that the APC led soldiers of the Nigerian Army to invade the State Collation Centre at INEC headquarters on Port Harcourt as captured on videos. The whole world saw how they planned to bring in cooked results to alter the will of Rivers people”.

The IPAC Chairman called on INEC to restart the process of collating the governorship election results based on official results declared at all polling units in the state where elections were successfully conducted.


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