Front of Government House in port Harcourt might be used to protest but todays protest is connected to the upcoming Local Government election in Rivers state, where Some Opposition Political Parties Participating In the State Local Government Elections Slated For Saturday 17TH APRIL 2021 have staged a Protest against RSIEC over “Delayed” Election Grants with less than 32hours to Chairmanship Election in the 23 local Government areas of the State.
The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) had on Monday Noted that 17 parties will be participating in the election. But The opposition Political parties participating in the poll today accused RSIEC of denying them of grants/funds needed to prepare adequately for the election.
The State Chairman of AAC, Progress Opokoma told journalists at the sideline of the protest by participating opposition parties that he had the mandate to speak for his colleagues, said it is worrisome that they are yet to receive the grants less than two days to the election. he said if grants are not released how would they carry out their Logistical requirement according to Law to embark on an elections. “If grants are not given, it means the Election is already biased,” he said.
He appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike “as the Father and leader of the state” to intervene and see that the grants are released to them to enable them participate effectively in the poll.
The Flag bearer of ADC For Port Harcourt city also express displeasure with the state electoral umpire
Meanwhile The Rivers PDP Chairman, Ambassador Desmond Akawor speaking on the Election grant issue raised by some opposition parties today said “RSIEC clearly told us that there is no grant and we made enquiries to confirm from other areas like INEC and found out there is no grant anywhere. The AAC man has been to my house several times and sometimes on his departure, I will support him with transport money.
When this issue came up, I called him on phone, he never picked. I have been calling him and he has not picked. He has made himself available to be used by those who want to cause trouble in the state.