March 23 polls: Redeploy Rivers REC immediately - APC tells INEC

March 23 polls: Redeploy Rivers REC immediately - APC tells INEC

- The national publicity secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, has told INEC to immediately redeploy the Rivers REC, Obo Effanga

- Issa-Onilu said the REC engaged PDP card-carrying members as local government area collation officers in the last polls

- The publicity secretary also urged Nigerians and the international community not to believe that Nigerian security agencies interfered in the electoral process in Rivers

All Progressives Congress (APC) national publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, has called on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately redeploy the Rivers state resident electoral commissioner, Obo Effanga.

Issa-Onilu said in a statement that the redeployment became necessary to prevent the REC from skewing the forthcoming supplementary elections in favour of the opposition, NAN reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that he added that it was on record that Governor Nyesom Wike, through the Rivers state resident electoral commissioner, Obo Effanga, engaged PDP card-carrying members as local government area collation officers in the last poll and was capable of repeating same in forthcoming elections.

He recalled that since the suspension of the electoral process in Rivers, Governor Wike and the state REC, Obo Effanga, had been re-writing and doctoring unit results in the Rivers State Government House to favour Wike.

Issa-Onilu observed the proactive steps taken by security agents to checkmate a repeat of the 2015 killings and destruction; saying this should be applauded by all peace loving people.

He, however, called on Nigerians and the international community not to be hoodwinked into believing that Nigerian security agencies interfered in the electoral process in Rivers.

“It is a misleading narrative being planted in the media to particularly blackmail the military and the federal government into pulling out security agents from the state,” he said.

This, the APC spokesman said would return the state to the killing field many witnessed before, during and after the 2015 elections.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Nyesom Wike alleged that the APC was planning to kidnap the resident electoral commissioner in the state.

According to the governor, the plan was in connivance with some security agencies with the aim of forcing INEC to postpone the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

The governor made the allegation during a town hall meeting at the Rivers West senatorial district in Ahoada.

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