- PDP's vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has warned INEC against manipulating the Rivers state governorship election
- Obi also advised the commission to allow the will of the people of Rivers state to prevail in the governorship election in the state
- The former governor of Anambra urged INEC to see the collation of results in the state as a huge opportunity to project its image
The vice presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Saturday, February 23, presidential election, Peter Obi, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the will of people prevail as it resumes collation of results in Rivers.
Legit.ng reports that Obi gave the advice in a statement issued by his media office on Monday, April 1, in Abuja.
INEC has fixed between April 2 and April 5 for the collation of results for March 9 Rivers’ governorship election, which was earlier suspended due to disruption and violence.
Obi said that the needless stretch of Rivers people could only be compensated if people's will was allowed to prevail in all elective positions in the state.
He advised INEC to see the collation of results in the state as a huge opportunity to project its image.
Obi said that the people of Rivers should not have been subjected to the agony of waiting for more than 20 days before hearing their results, if not for those who were desperate for power.
He said that Rivers state was so critical to the economic and political development of the country that a serious government should not contribute to its destabilization.
The former Anambra governor said that the militarization of the election in Rivers and other south-south states remained the sour side of 2019 general elections.
Obi said that aside the fact that Rivers state was a traditional PDP state, the performance of its gubernatorial flag bearer, Nyesom Wike, in the last four years made it imperative that no party would be able to compete effectively in the state.
He commended the resilience of the Rivers people and urged them to remain resolute until their will prevailed. (NAN)
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that in defence of Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, March 27, said that he would not be punished or suspended like Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, because he is not guilty of any anti-party activity.
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