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Rivers re-run: APC presents petition to INEC, police


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State yesterday presented petitions to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigeria Police on its reservations over the conduct of the re-run elections.

Honourable Asita, APC’s deputy governorship candidate in last year’s election, made this known during a protest march to INEC office in Port Harcourt.

Asita, with other leaders and members of the party, said that they were at there to formally present a petition on the conduct of the election.

According to Asita, the action of INEC confirmed the content of a tape in which Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers threatened to kill officials of the electoral umpire if they failed to do his bidding.

“In the audio tape we presented to INEC and Police, Wike was threatening to kill some INEC officials if they don’t do what he had paid them money for.

“We have written several petitions to security agencies, but because Wike is controlling Rivers money to bribe, he has continuously bribed people to have his way.”

The leader of the APC protest called for the redeployment of Aniedi Ikoiwaik, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) out of the state for not being able conduct a credible election.

Collecting the petition, Adeyemi Olufemi, Head of INEC Legal Department in the state, commended the APC members for being peaceful and assured them that the letter and tape would be transmitted to its headquarters in Abuja.

Earlier at the state Police headquarters, Asita said the killings during last year’s electioneering campaign and the election had not abated.

He said the violence was not only against APC members because a security officer was affected.“Mohammed Alkali (DSP) was killed and beheaded with other police officers, but nothing has been done; no arrest has been made.

“We are here to present a letter to the Inspector General of Police, demanding an investigation into all politically motivated killings in the state,” he said.

Asita further alleged that Wike had been on air scandalising and intimidating some gallant police officers that refused to take bribe and urged the Police in the state not to be intimidated by the actions of the state governor.

Meanwhile, Cyril Okoro, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Administration), promised to forward the petition and tape to the IGP and enjoined the APC leaders to control their members and remain peaceful.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Dan Awunah, had earlier in Abuja paraded five suspects in connection with the mayhem during the re-run polls, assuring that the suspects would be prosecuted at the end of investigation.

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