Harassment Of Nigerians Have To Stop.
Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor, stated that the action that saw the police interfere with the electoral process in the state was a declaration of war on the people.
Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a presidential aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday had asked the All Progressives Congress led government to stop the alleged continuous harassment of Wike in the name of politicking.
Wike while speaking during a state broadcast on Sunday, described the Saturday’s House of Assembly bye-election for Port Harcourt State Constituency 3 as a failed exercise due to the interference of the Police and armed thugs.
The governor stated that the armed thugs were sent by the All Progressives Congress in the state, calling on the people of the state to stand against the antics of the police, unless they want to become slaves in their fatherland.
“The consistent sabotage of the electoral process by the police amounts to a declaration of war against the people of Rivers State and their solemn rights to freely and fairly choose their leaders and representatives,” he said.
Wike said despite assurances from the Rivers State Commissioner of Police during the last State Security Council meeting that the police would remain neutral and act professionally, the police on Saturday, August 18, 2018, joined forces with the APC thugs to disrupt the election.
He stated, “Instead of providing security for voters and INEC officials, the police brazenly colluded with political thugs of the APC to subvert the democratic process and denied the people of Port Harcourt Constituency 3 their rights to free, fair and credible elections.
“It is important to note that Ojukaye Amachree, who led the thugs, is the same person facing multiple murder trial and instead of arresting him as ordered by the trial court, the police have continued to aid and shield him from arrest and prosecution.”
The Governor recalled that on June 16, 2018, the local government election, which APC did not participate in, was conducted peacefully without violence and further stated that it was not the first time that the police would be introduce to election in the state.
He pointed out that following the widespread violence that erupted in the 2016 legislative re-run election in Rivers State, the INEC Panel Report (at page 66) indicted the security agencies as “brazen election riggers” and singled out the F-SARS Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede, as the arrowhead of the violence and rigging that characterised those elections.
Naija News reports INEC has suspended the bye-elections of the Port Harcourt state constituency III because of widespread violence and electoral fraud.
Addressing a press conference on the election in Port Harcourt yesterday, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Obo Effanga, said the commission had no other option than to suspend the election because it did not meet the minimum standards due to widespread violence and snatching of card readers and ballot boxes by politicians aided by armed uniformed security personnel.