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.

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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.

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral Misconduct

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral MisconductThe Nigerian Army has denied allegations of intimidation, snatching of ballot boxes and killings leveled against it during the Rivers state re-run elections which took place on Saturday.

The General Officer Commanding 6 division, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, said the alleged killing and mass arrest by soldiers in Tai and Gokana local government areas of the state were not only false but a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the army as well as wipe public sentiment.

The GOC who spoke in the early hours of Sunday, noted that although his soldiers provided perimeter defense to ward off armed hoodlums and miscreants, the Nigerian Army remained apolitical.

The Major General said there were three explosions in Bedlam in Abonema, five NYSC members were abducted and rescued while two police officers were killed, among which was a senior officer who was beheaded.

According to him, “Nigerian army troops were in no way involved in the escort of politicians as alleged.

“They acted swiftly in response to security breaches in order to enforce the law, provide aid to the Nigerian police and other security agencies especially in areas like Abonema, Etche, Gokana, Ikwere, Eleme, Tai, Khana and Omoku amongst others.

“Susceptibility of mentioned areas warranted providing security for the electoral officials, voters, international and local observers, in conjunction with other security agencies by soldiers for a peaceful election to thrive in the environment.

“These areas were rift with armed men who engaged security personnel. In gokana, armed hoodlums engaged the soldiers providing outer perimeter defense for the electorates”

The GOC went further to explain that “at Emohua, Mr Oblewaremu abducted five NYSC members with election materials in a Siena bus. The corps members were later rescued and the suspect handed over to the police.

“Nigerian army as a respected institution with constitutional responsibilities to safeguard lives and property,” he stated.

Army Commits To Lasting Peace In Northeast Nigeria

Nigerian_MilitaryThe Nigerian Army has assured Nigerians of its determination to ensure lasting peace in the northeast and other troubled zones.

The General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, gave the assurance while addressing military personnel on Sunday at the closing session of the 2 Division’s Inter-Brigade and Formation Sports Competition in Ibadan the capital of Oyo State.

The competition took place at the Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment Sports Complex in Odogbo, a community in Ibadan.

Major General Abdulkarim stressed that the military’s commitment to ending insurgency remained unwavering, which he said was being demonstrated by the onslaught against the Boko Haram sect that has terrorised communities in the northeast.

He commended the Chief of Army Staff for his support for the age-long traditional games of the Nigerian Army.

He told the gathering that the Nigerian Army had been able to restore normalcy in most parts of the northeast where the Boko Haram Sect have gained ground before.

“We will not give up until the battle is over,” he reiterated.

On the games, the General Officer Commanding 2 Division described the competition as crucial to the mental and physical development of soldiers and urged the military personnel to continue to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship at all times.

The Inter-Brigade Sports Competition was organised to prepare officers of 2 the Division for the coming Nigerian Army Sports Festival and rekindle the spirit of commitment and sportsmanship within the 2 Division.

Maintenance Of Communal Peace

Also at the occasion was the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi.

He declared open the games and urged the officers and men of 2 Division to be the best at all they do by harnessing the strength and talent within them.

Governor Ajimobi, who was represented by the Secretary to the state Government Mr Olalekan Alli, lauded the efforts of the Nigerian Army especially at fighting insurgency.

He advised them to commit all energy necessary to the games, as it had the potential of promoting greater dedication and renewed commitment to peace and security of Nigeria.

The Governor also promised to collaborate with officers and men of the 2 Division for sports development and maintenance of communal peace within the state.

Highlights of the week-long competition include, football, volleyball, squash, combative games, chess, athletics and more.

At the end of the championship, the traditional campfire night was organised to celebrate successful completion of the Inter-Brigade Competition.

Those who emerged winners would represent 2 Division at the Nigerian Army Sports Festival coming up in September.