The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will not be conducting fresh governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers state.
The electoral umpire made the disclosure at a meeting held at an event centre, located along Eastern Bye-Pass, Port Harcourt, Leadership reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the INEC national commissioner in charge of Bayelsa, Rivers and Edo states, May Agbamuche-Mbu, said the objective of the meeting was to brief stakeholders on the activities and schedule of the collation by the electoral body.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, who was present at the meeting, called on the commission to publish the list of security personnel that would be stationed at the collation centre to avoid disruption of the process.
Also present at the meeting was the state commissioner of police, Usman Balel, who assured that the police was committed to providing adequate security for the people.
The police chief called on stakeholders to embrace peace and accept the outcome of the process .
INEC administrative secretary in the state, Etim Umoh, said collation of results would take place in six local government areas, including: Abua-Odual, Asari-Toru, Gokana, Ahoada-West, Khana and Degema.
According to him, the collation will hold at INEC headquarters in Port Harcourt between April 2 and April 5.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Rivers chapter of Foundation Watch Association (FWA) urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Governor Nyesom Wike winner of the governorship election in the state.
Speaking on Tuesday, March 26, FWA coordinator, Chidi George, said it was high time the electoral umpire declared the governor winner in order to douse the escalating tension generated by the election situation in the oil-producing state.
George, who claimed that the people of Rivers "willingly" voted Governor Wike, warned INEC against creating undue tension and acrimony due to its failure to announce winners of elections in the state.
He said: “Without doubt, the people of Rivers state willingly voted for the governorship candidate of the PDP, the ruling party in the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the PDP candidates for the state House of Assembly.
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“Even in the midst of the political brigandage that truncated the electoral process, it is clear from the voting pattern during the said elections that the people of Rivers state used the electoral process to re-affirm their support for the efforts of Governor Wike to reposition the state through massive infrastructural projects across the state."
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