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Rivers Rerun: Wike, Amaechi, Peterside Clash As PDP Leads

Posted: Mar 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

*Blame Buhari For Violence, Loss Of Lives – Fayose

Daniel Abia, Port Harcourt

Despite reported intimidation and harassment, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday, won ten seats in the House of Assembly rerun election held on Saturday, March 19, in Rivers State.
By this result, PDP now boasts nineteen members in the 32-member House of Assembly.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had cancelled elections in eight local government areas due largely to violence and other irregularities. Seven people were reportedly killed in the exercise.
In a result declared at the respective constituencies, Major Jack – Akoku-Toru State Constituency 1; Kelechi Nworgu – Omuma State Constituency; Flora Dagogo – Degema State Constituency; Edison Ehiye – Ahoada Constituency 11; Martins Manna – Ahoada Constituency1, Sam Oge – Emohua; Martins Ameawhule Obio/kpor 1, Martins Ihunwo, Michael Chinda Obio/Akpor 11
and Christopher Alakumor – ONELGA, all of the PDP were declared winners.
On a different note, there was mild drama early Sunday morning at the Mile 1 Police Station, Port Harcourt, when Governor Nyesom Wike confronted the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the DG of NIMASA, Peterside Dakuku, for allegedly plotting to hijack the result sheet of Ward 10, Port Harcourt Constituency II.
An ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who lectures at the University of Port Harcourt, had allegedly absconded since Saturday with the election result sheet, and other voting materials.
The DPO of Mkpolu Police Station, who was in charge of security during voting in the area, had raised the alarm over the INEC staff’s disappearance, until she surfaced at the Mile I Police Station.
It was at the Mile I Police Station where Amaechi, Petetside and Mrs. Ibim Semenitari had gone to meet the woman that Wike also stormed the station.
At the scene, there were over 200 supporters of both the PDP and APC.
He also queried Peterside and Semenitari why they chose to be in Port Harcourt and at the Police Station when they were supposed to be in their respective LGAs.
From the Mile 1 Police Station, they all drove to the State CID in the Town area of Port Harcourt, while the woman was jeered by the crowd when she covered her face while being brought out of the station.
The state governor has regretted that a personal assistant to the Chief of Staff, Government House, Emeka Woke, Emma Esi, was shot death by some persons suspected to be APC thugs.
“My chief of staff (Emeka Woke) just called me to say that hoodlums trailed them from Isiokpo in an attempt to divert election results. They shot at them and incidentally killed his PA. What level of lawlessness is that!”
The governor however refuted media report that seven persons were killed on day of the election, saying that only soldiers shot and killed two persons in Tai and another shot at at Ishiokpo area.
In a briefing on Sunday, AIG Baba Bolanta said that twenty four suspect were apprehended by the Police. 22 males and two females. “They are presently undergoing interrogation”
The AIG also confirmed that four persons died on the election day, two in Buguma, Nonwa Tai and Omuma local government areas.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday, insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari be held accountable for the violence and loss of lives in Rivers State rerun elections.
According to him, “Members of Buhari’s party, All Progressives Congress (APC) are emboldened to unleash violence on the people of Rivers State and other States in Nigeria because they know that the president won’t lift a finger provided his party members are the ones perpetrating evil.”
“Those who called the Ekiti State governorship election in which soldiers and other security agents made sure that that there was no violence, no live was lost during and after the election and no ballot was snatched EkitiGate should be asked what the Rivers election in which eight people were killed and several others injured will be called.”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said President Buhari’s way was to protect his party people, and his Hausa/Fulani tribe, hence their boldness to perpetrate evil.
The governor maintained that President Buhari’s culpability in the killings in Rivers State and the manner Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has destroyed the legacy of free, fair and transparent elections bequeathed on Nigeria by the PDP government former President Goodluck Jonathan was not in doubt.
He said; “Can President Buhari fold his arms if the people being killed are from Daura in Katsina State? Is it that any soul that is not a Fulani is not important to the President?”
The governor, who challenged the Military authority to probe the roles of soldiers in the Rivers State election, added that; “If they could probe soldiers who participated in the Ekiti State governorship election despite their commendation by the international community for providing a safe environment free of major incidents, one wonders what they are going to do in the case of Rivers State in which peoples were allegedly killed by soldiers.
“What are they going to call Rivers election since they called that of Ekiti State EkitiGate? Are they going to call Rivers election in which several people were shot dead allegedly by security agents, election inconclusive, fake Results Sheets produced by INEC RiversBuhariAmaechiGate?”
While calling for the immediate sack of INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the governor said Nigerians must ask questions as to how INEC produced Results Sheets of over 230 polling units with PDP omitted.
He said if nothing was done to INEC as presently constituted, 2019 will spell doom for the country’s democracy, adding that “If 2019 elections will not be messed up and be made inconclusive, lovers of democracy in the country must not keep silent on the mess our elections have become under Professor Yakubu.”