- Governor Nyesom Wike has placed doubting tag on the credibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct credible election
- Speaking during a programme on ChannelsTV, the governor said INEC will flaunt court order by allowing All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest in the state
- Recall that a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has barred the commission from recognising the direct and indirect primaries conducted by the two APC factions in Rivers
The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has placed doubting tag on the credibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair election for the state come February 2019.
Speaking during a programme, Sunrise Daily, on the ChannelsTV, the governor expressed dissatisfaction on the credibility of the electoral umpire to deliver error and violence free election in the state,
He added that INEC will be flouting court's order by allowing All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest in the state.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt on Monday, January 7, had nullified the direct and indirect primaries conducted by the two factions of the APC in the state.
In court ruling given by Justice Kolawole Omotosho, INEC was restrained from presenting either Tonye Cole or Magnus Abe as APC governorship candidates in the general elections.
According to the court ruling, the APC primaries election in Rivers did not conform with the law.
Reacting to the judgement, Governor Wike said: “In view of the electoral act can INEC allow APC to participate in view of the fact that they have not complied with the provisions of the electoral act and the constitution of not having a valid and lawful primary.
“In view of the judgement of the state high court that had nullified the primaries of APC, can they still be allowed to feature in the general elections?”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Olabode George, a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission to be neutral in the conduct of the 2019 elections.
George, who spoke on Wednesday, November 14, in Port Harcourt, urged the election umpire to conduct free and fair elections.
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