Rivers APC/PDP Supporters Clash At INEC Office

pdp-apc-1Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State staged protests at the gates of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over alleged partiality of the electoral body.

While the APC supporters and other sympathizers from some other political parties in the state claim that INEC has recruited ad hoc staff that are card carrying members of the PDP.

The PDP supporters say they have uncovered a game plan by the electoral body to short change Nigerians in favour of the APC.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards carried by PDP supporters read: ‘INEC, you are working for APC,’ ‘INEC, we need a free and fair election,’ ‘We will not accept fake results,’ and ‘INEC, you are partial.’

Similarly, the placards of APC supporters read, ‘Rivers REC, are you a member of PDP?’, ‘We need unbiased umpire in Rivers,’ ‘Rivers people will resist any attempt to manipulate the electoral process,’ ‘INEC, your secret agenda with PDP has been exposed,’ and, ‘We want a free and fair election in Rivers.’

Reacting to the incident, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dame Khan, said the allegations by PDP and APC supporters only confirms the neutrality of the electoral body.

“The PDP and the APC have been complaining. I am happy that since the APC and the PDP are accusing me of being partial, that means that I am neutral.” she said.

2015: Kwara Governorship Candidates Sign Peace Accord

NIGERIA-VOTE-UNREST-NORTHAs part of efforts to ensure peaceful conduct before, during and after the next month gubernatorial election in Kwara State, the gubernatorial candidates in the state have signed a peace accord to ensure peaceful atmosphere.

The Peace Accord signed by 13gubernatorial candidates and their party chairmen was midwifed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state and the participants promised to abide by the rules and regulations.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo, urged the gubernatorial candidates to ensure the compliance with the rules likening the game of politics to football and charged them to be fully prepared assuring of readiness of INEC to be free and fair to all.

Some of the gubernatorial candidates and their party chairmen lauded the initiative of INEC and assured of their determination to ensure peaceful conduct of the the polls.

The gubernatorial candidate of APC who is also the incumbent governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and the candidate of PDP, Senator Simeon Sule Ajibola, bore their mind on the peace accord which they commended.

The presidential candidates of all the political parties in Nigeria had signed an accord to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the February 14 elections.

The signing ceremony took place in Abuja on January 14 during a sensitisation workshop on non-violence elections.

It had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Professor Oluremi Sonaiya of the KOWA Party amongst others.