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What To Expect As INEC Resumes Collations Today in Rivers State

by Anita Ogona

Residents and Motorist plying the AB/Harcourt way will have a hard time accessing the busy road from GRA Axis to waterlines as a result of a possible total closure of both lanes. motorist are advised to take alternative routes to avoid being held several hours in a spot as traffic would diverted.

police had earlier barricaded the lane from Waterline to GRA junction making the only available lane impassable as visitors,Contractor and staff of NDDC makes the only lane available impassable due to dual parking on the high way which is hugely contributing to the gridlock in that axis.

can the state government temporary suspend work on the eastern bypass of the NLNG road to serve as alternative route? asked Mercy Udoh who usually drives twenty five minutes to her office in Old GRA lamented that she has had to spend five to six hours in traffic trying to navigate the ABA/Harcourt road

Ahead of today’s resumption of the collation of the results of the governorship election in Rivers State, interested parties have expressed divergent views over the neutrality of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Governor Nyesom Wike, governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, expressed optimism in the process if the military is barred from the scene, the candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Biokpomabo Awara, and the All Progressives Congress, APC who are backing him, doubted INEC’s sincerity

in his remarks at a stakeholders meeting convened by INEC in Port Harcourt, WIKE said ”The only way you can have a peaceful election is when the military is not made part of it. Let the army remove its hands from the election. “When the Army goes to the collation room, people will resist and the soldiers will shoot the people. That was how violence happened. Was there violence at the polling units? In my political career, I have never seen what the army did in this election. “And what stopped INEC from naming officers behind all these as they did in 2016? Rivers State is peaceful. If this area was violent, why are they drilling oil here? Nobody goes to drill oil in a troubled area. It is only when it comes to an election that they could say the state is not peaceful.”

Wike predetermined to win —APC Spokesman in the state, Chris Finebone, condemned what he described as the “so-called timelines and activities to conclude the March 9th governorship election in Rivers State. “It is a charade well-choreographed by INEC. The ultimate result can only be to announce a preferred partner and collaborator as the winner against the AAC candidate, Awara, who was clearly in the lead before collation was aborted. “Whether INEC succeeds in its machinations will be seen in the days to come. Several actions of INEC had prepared the minds of many that the entire exercise was skewed to favor Wike and the PDP. “For example, where and under whose custody were the result sheets and other sensitive materials kept since they were not returned to the Central Bank for safe-keeping? “How come Wike knew about the 17 LGAs whose results had been allegedly collated and had posted same on his official Twitter handle long before INEC made the announcement? Answers to these and other questions will continue to hang on the neck of INEC. “What is happening now is in complete fulfilment of the tripartite collaboration between Wike, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga ably assisted by the Administrative Secretary of INEC in Rivers, Etim John.

INEC Headquarters is merely leading the plot. INEC is biased—Awara AAC candidate said: “We raised a point that bordered on the fairness of the commission, a point about the custody of the results and at one point we faulted the collation that brought LGAs collated to 17, they ignored us. “We have seen that INEC is biased. We have it in good authority that certificates of return have already been prepared for Gov. Nyesom Wike and 20 PDP House of Assembly candidates and one SDP candidate.’’

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