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16 parties storm INEC headquarters, demand removal of Rivers REC

Posted: Apr 7, 2015 at 6:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Joe Nwankwo, Assistant Editor, Abuja
A coalition of 16 political parties in Rivers State on Tuesday stormed the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)?, demanding the immediate removal of the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ms. Gesilia Khan.
The parties accused the REC of conniving with the ?Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, to rig Saturday’s governorship and states Houses of Assembly elections.
They also called for the removal of the Head of Operations at INEC, Bocco Ekong, for allegedly conniving with the REC.
The parties which addressed a petition to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, are Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Action Alliance (AA), United Democratic Party (UDP) and All Progressives Alliance (APA).
Others are Independent Democrats (ID), People for Democratic Change (PDC), Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria (ACPN), Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Accord Party (AP), All Progressives Congress ( APC) and Advance Congress of Democrats (ACD).
Some of the leaders of the protest who spoke with newsmen are APC National Vice Chairman South-South, Hilliard Eta; Chairman of the party
in Rivers State, Nonju ibisiki, and Emoha Council Chairman, Nnamdi Abaha.
In ?their protest letter, they referred to an earlier petition on the need to cancel the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections in Rivers State on the grounds that they were characterised by INEC collusion with PDP to compromise the process.
They listed 25 allegations against the REC including that she took over the postings of ad hoc electoral personnel, recruited well known. PDP members as supervisory presiding officers, substituting well- trained corps members with a list of names from the PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike.
They also alleged that under her directive “Nyesom Wike supervised the collation of results at the state collation centre even though she knew full well that Nyesom Wike is not the PDP state agent. The PDP agent was Emeka Woke.”
They also said that the REC and Mr. Boco held 14 meetings with Wike at his residence to collaborate in all the plots to sway the election in the way of PDP.
The party members arrived the premises of INEC as early as 7 a.m. with placards. The police formed three layers of barricades to stop the protesters from entering the premises.
However the Director of Security Services at INEC, Shettima ?Ngillada, received the leaders of the protesters and led them to meet the leadership of  commission and to submit their petition.?
Ngillada, after ?emerging from the meeting with the leaders of the parties and members of INEC leadership, assured them that the commission would look into their petition.