Guber candidates urge INEC to maintain neutrality in Rivers
A group, Coalition of Governorship Candidates and Party Chairmen (CGCPC) in Rivers State, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to maintain its neutrality in the forth coming gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections.
It also cautioned Governor Nyesom Wike and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) “to be very careful in the systematic blackmail they are launching on the electoral umpire – INEC, stressing: “it is very worrisome that the PDP will be casting aspersions on the integrity of INEC.”
They made this known in a statement signed by Pastor Warigbani Ezekiel Zebulun, Chairman, CGCPC and gubernatorial candidate of Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA) as well as Hon. Chibuzor Anele, Secretary, CGCPC and chairman, Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP).
The group claimed that the PDP has made several overtures to INEC, saying “these acts can best be described as the the voice of Jacob – the hands of Esau.”It also disassociated itself from and dismissed Wike’s endorsement as sole gubernatorial candidate by a purported coalition of 58 political parties, as “watery and belated.”
Alleging that some judges were perverting justice, it urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe them.The group commended the Nigerian Army and the GOC 6 Division, Major-General Jamil Sarham, “for coming to the rescue of defenceless Rivers citizens especially those in Abonnema who where held hostage by hoodlums and thugs loyal to PDP.”
It queried the relationship between some political actors and the “characters that are on the wanted list of the Nigerian Army.”It enjoined Rivers people to “vote their preferred governorship candidate who can work in harmony with the Federal Government to bring the desired dividends that will make our beloved state a safe haven as the treasure base of the nation.”
It implored parents to prevent their children and wards from being used as agents of violence before and after the elections.
‘Those who want to put the children of others in harms way should first bring their relations and children to the forefront,” it stated.“Finally, we commensurate with the families of those that lost their lives in the course of the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state .We pray the Almighty God to comfort them.”
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