- IPAC has urged President Buhari not to interfere in the result of suspended governorship election in Rivers state
- Presidency had said that Buhari would not interfere in the rerun elections slated for Saturday, March 23, across the country by the INEC
- Precious Baridoo, the chairman of the group in Rivers state, berated some leaders for calling on Buhari to interfere in the collation process
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to fulfill his promise by not interfering in the collation of the results of the suspended March 9, governorship election in Rivers state.
Leadership reports that while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt, the chairman of the group in the state, Precious Baridoo, berated some leaders for calling on Buhari to interfere in the collation process.
Legit.ng gathered that Baridoo alleged that the leaders were sponsored by the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
He said: “We read in the media that the presidency said that it will not interfere with the electioneering process in any of the states where governorship elections is yet to be concluded.
“We urge the president to stick to his words and ignore these elders who have become paid agents of the desperate minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
“How on earth would former Rivers state governor, Rufus Ada-George, Ambassador CD Orike, Alabo Graham-Douglas, Professor DMJ Fubara and retired group captain Ben-Kalio place partisan and monetary considerations above the interest of Rivers state?
“At these stage of their lives, they should be courageous enough to reject the negative schemes of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the governorship and state Assembly elections in Rivers state have been concluded as INEC announced in its press release.
''The arm-twisting ploy by these elders hired by the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi will not work. The will of Rivers people will prevail.”
The IPAC chairman also called on the president to ignore calls by the elders for the transfer of all the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that conducted the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
He added: “The president should disregard the calls by these pro-APC elders to transfer the INEC officials that conducted the elections in Rivers State. This election is a process that should not be truncated under any guise.
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“This was the same call made by the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi after he lost his polling unit at Ubima. It was the same request made by the sacked leadership Rivers APC and their AAC allies.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency assured Nigerians that President Buhari would not interfere in the rerun elections slated for Saturday, March 23 across the country by the INEC.
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