Monday, March 11, 2019 6:35 pm
…PDP alleges pressure to change Rivers REC.
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
A coalition of stakeholders of All Progressives Congress, APC and Africa Action Congress, AAC in Rivers State on Monday in Port Harcourt staged a peaceful protest asking INEC in Rivers to declared the results already collated from the Wards and local government and announced the winner immediately for the last Saturdays governorship and state house of assembly election.
The peaceful protesters were led by Rivers state Chairman of African Action Congress, Mr Progress Ogbokima and a human rights activist, Chief Omenazu Jackson, first of gathered at the Port Harcourt Polo Club before marching towards the popular GRA junction, where they terminated.
They carried placards read “Declare Collated results “,Obog Effanga, Rivers REC must go”, INEC is working with”, “APC will not accept concocted results”, Awara is the incoming Governor”,” Wike and PDP,INEC and others “and others.
Omenazu who later spoke on behalf of the protesters warned INEC that as an umpire it must be seen to be free and fair.
He warned that INEC seem to be adopting a trend whereby whenever PDP is seen to be losing an election in the state results are not announced.
He called for the sack of Rivers REC for his alleged partisanship in favour of PDP.
He cited the by-election into Port Harcourt Constituency 3 which was suspended to date because of the excuse that there was violence.
Due to the strong security barricade at INEC office some metres away, the demonstrators stopped at the GRA junction along the Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway where INEC is located and peacefully dispersed.
However, Emma Okah, Spokesman of Governor Nyesom Wike Campaign Council, and also Commissioner for Information and Communications, have alleged there is pressure on INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahood Yakubu to change the Rivers Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga, and Administrative Secretary to pave way for INEC to allegedly to announce fake governorship results.