Rivers APC Reacts To Protest By Governor Wike, PDP

Rivers APC Reacts To Protest By Governor Wike, PDPThe Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the protest staged by the State Governor, Nyesom Wike and supporters of the PDP.

In a meeting with journalists in Port Harcourt the state capital, leaders of the party led by the chairman, Davis Ikanya said the call of the governor for the transfer or redeployment of the said Police officers is as a result of the arrest and parade of suspected criminals by the Force Headquarters, who confessed to working for the Governor and his party during the rerun elections.

According to him, the officers should be given honours for risking their lives to save Rivers people from the hands of blood-thirsty men.

Governor Nyesom Wike had earlier led supporters and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as some members of the State Executive Council to the Police Headquarters in Rivers State.

The protesters demanded the redeployment of two officers, who they claim masterminded the violence and electoral malpractice that took place at the polls.

They also stormed the streets of Port Harcourt, to protest what they termed “undue interference of the Police in the electioneering process”.

Governor Wike insisted on Thursday that his government and people would not cease from protesting unless their demands were met.

On sighting the demonstrators, officials at the Police headquarters tried to lock up the gate but to no avail.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyril Okoro, who who spoke on behalf of the Police Commissioner, promised to relate the Governor’s message to the appropriate quarters.

He also revealed that the matter involving the said officers was under investigation.

Rivers Rerun: Controversy Deepens As Wike Leads Protest Against Police

PDP, Nyesom Wike, Police, Rivers RerunThe dust is yet to settle over the just concluded legislative rerun election in Rivers State as more reactions have continued to trail the outcome of the poll.

This time, the Governor, Nyesom Wike led supporters and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as some members of the State Executive Council to the Police Headquarters in Rivers State.

The protesters demanded the redeployment of two officers, who they claim masterminded the violence and electoral malpractice that took place at the polls.

They also stormed the streets of Port Harcourt, to protest what they termed “undue interference of the Police in the electioneering process”.

Hope Lost In Police

Earlier, Governor Wike had condemned the purported disruption of the collation of results at the Port Harcourt City Hall, where party agents and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission had gathered.

He also expressed displeasure at the role of security agencies in the exercise, saying he had lost hope in the Nigerian Police.

Governor Wike insisted on Thursday that his government and people would not cease from protesting unless their demands were met.

On sighting the demonstrators, officials at the Police headquarters tried to lock up the gate but to no avail.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyril Okoro, who who spoke on behalf of the Police Commissioner, promised to relate the Governor’s message to the appropriate quarters.

He also revealed that the matter involving the said officers was under investigation.

 

Wike Condemns Police’ Role In Rivers Rerun Election

Wike Condemns Police' Role In Rivers Rerun ElectionThe Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike has reacted to the disruption of the collation of results at the Port Harcourt City Hall where INEC officials and party agents were gathered.

The Governor who arrived at the centre after the incident condemned the role of security agencies in the exercise, saying that he was at the collation centre to avert a possible confrontation from PDP supporters and those he said planned to perpetrate violence.

Governor Wike added that he had lost hope in the Nigerian Police.

The results from Emohua local government in Rivers East senatorial district had been at the centre of controversy following what some, including Governor Wike called delay tactics and an attempt to tamper with the results.

The Rivers East senatorial district collation centre then came under attack by men suspected to be security operatives.

Wike Condemns Police' Role In Rivers Rerun ElectionNothing was spared as many scampered for safety with Channels Television crew also caught in the mix.

Later on, a group of protesting youths and party supporters gathered with the mission to ensure that the results of the senatorial district which has George Sekibo as the PDP candidate and Andrew Uchendu as the APC candidate were announced.

The PDP candidate, George Sekibo, was later declared winner of the Rivers East senatorial district, while Rivers South East senatorial district was clinched by APC candidate, Magnus Abe.

A candidate of the PDP, Osinachukwu Ideozu, also won Rivers West senatorial district with 107,166 votes, defeating the APC candidate, Otelemaba Amachree who polled 48,898 votes.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has also reacted to the alleged role of their operatives during the rerun elections.

There have been several criticisms of the activities of some of the security operatives in the post Saturday election appraisal.

Men in Police uniform were seen harassing party agents and those present at the Rivers East collation centre.

Reacting to the disruption of the collation exercise in Port Harcourt City Hall, the Police Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Don Awunah told Channels Television that the men are not their officers.

PDP Wins Two Senatorial Seats In Rivers 

PDP Wins Two Senatorial Seats In Rivers The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won one more senatorial seat in the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, bringing the number of its senatorial seats to two.

Announcing the third senatorial result on Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that the candidate of the PDP, Osinachukwu Ideozu, won Rivers West senatorial district with 107,166 votes, defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Otelemaba Amachree who polled 48,898 votes.

A PDP candidate, George Sekibo, had earlier been declared winner of the Rivers East senatorial district, while Rivers South East senatorial district was clinched by APC candidate, Magnus Abe.

The closest rival to the APC candidate was Olaka Wogu of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, the state legislative rerun poll in some parts of Etche Local Government Area, is to be re-conducted on Wednesday, following cases of violence which hindered the exercise there on Saturday.

It is the second time that the electoral body is conducting legislative election in some Local Government Areas in the state, but violence marred polls again in some areas.

Rivers Re-run: INEC To Release More Results, Shifts Polls In Akuku Toru

rivers-re-run-electionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says collation and announcement of results in the legislative re-run elections in Rivers State will continue on Monday.

Result of the South-east Senatorial District confirmed by INEC showed Magnus Abe of the All Progressives Congress defeated his closest rival, Olaka Wogu, of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Commissioner of INEC in the South-south told reporters on Sunday night that the elections in Akuku Toru was shifted again, after elections could not hold there due to violence.

The Commissioner was optimistic that all polls would be concluded on Monday, as the collation and announcements of results are also expected to be concluded this week.

It is the second time that the electoral body is conducting legislative election in some Local Government Areas in the State, but violence marred polls again in some areas.

Collation Of Results Ongoing In Rivers Legislative Rerun

Rivers RerunCollation of results is ongoing at various federal and state collation centers for the national and state assembly elections in Rivers State.

Elections are also expected to be concluded in Akuku Toru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state in south-south Nigeria.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released an interim statement rescheduling the conclusion of the rerun election in 14 units spread across wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Akuku Toru LGA for Sunday from 12 noon.

INEC said it was taking stock of the situation in other local government areas where collation was underway.

Meanwhile, the fall out of the election has triggered reactions from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

INEC

While the PDP claimed that the APC in connivance with the military and the police were obstructing the process in their favour, the APC maintained that the presence of the military brought the excesses of many politicians under control.

The PDP spokesman in Rivers State, Samuel Nwanosike, had also alleged that the military and INEC were obstructing the process in Ikwere, Emohua and Andoni LGAs of the state.

In his reaction, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, denied allegations of intimidation, snatching of ballot boxes and killings leveled against the military during the re-run elections.

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral Misconduct

General Abdulkarim said the claims were not only false, but a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army and wipe public sentiment.

He noted that although the soldiers provided perimeter defence to ward off armed hoodlums and miscreants, the military remained apolitical.