- The Rivers state council of traditional rulers has urged INEC to declare the result of the guber poll in the state
- The monarchs specifically asked the electoral commission to declare all verifiable results on units and ward bases
- The Rivers traditional rulers, however, stated that only compromised results should be discountenanced by the commission
The Rivers state council of traditional rulers has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the result of the guber poll in the state.
The monarchs specifically asked INEC to declare all verifiable results on units and ward bases, adding that only compromised results should be discountenanced by the electoral commission.
The royal fathers made their stance known, on Monday, March 11 at a press briefing addressed by their chairman, the Amayanabo of Opobo, King Douglas Dandeson Jaja.
His words: “We urge INEC to declare all verifiable results and immediately look into only compromised results on units and wards bases, where boxes were snatched by thugs or military personnel.
“We cannot go through another round of elections at a later date. INEC must ensure collated results are declared and not tampered with by third parties.”
The monarchs also expressed disappointment at the alleged involvement of the military and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) personnel in the direct process of the elections.
King Jaja said: “What we have, today, is a few government appointees using federal apparatus, including men in uniform, to cause chaos and breakdown of law and order.
“Our people, who have attempted to resist such illegality have either been arrested or dealt with extra judicially.”
He regretted that Rivers communities have been militarised, with innocent people harassed, arrested and detained.
“We are sad to note that in many kingdoms and communities, the uniformed or military men were actively involved in giving cover to politicians and their thugs, who are carting ballot boxes and result sheets.
“There are also allegations that some of these uniformed personnel are ‘fake soldiers’ but, the real soldiers have not arrested any of the so-called fake soldiers involved in these dastardly acts.
“The army has also come out on Africa Independent Television (AIT), on March 11, 2019, to state that the people in army uniforms are fake. So, why are they not being arrested, if they are thugs in military uniforms?” he asked.
The group described as deafening, the silence of the National Peace Committee querying why the committee has failed to call all parties and the military to order, for breaching the peace in the state.
The monarchs noted that political parties cannot be asked to accept results of elections that are brazenly rigged, manipulated and falsified in an atmosphere of intimidation and violence.
Meanwhile, Engr. Awara Biokpomabo, the governorship candidate for the African Action Congress (AAC), has asked INEC to declare him the winner of the governorship election in Rivers state.
Biokpomabo made the demand on Monday March 11 at a press briefing in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
The AAC candidate claimed that before the suspension, in some other local government areas, results had already been collated and declared, adding that he was in clear lead and was coasting to victory.
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