INEC to summon Rivers stakeholders meeting on stalemated elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will institute a stakeholders’ meeting with political parties and the leadership of all security agencies in a bid to resolve the problem that transpired during the governorship election in Rivers state. The INEC National Commissioner for Voters Education, Festus Okoye, said this during an interview in Abuja.
He said the stakeholders meeting will sensitize all the relevant stakeholders to maintain law and order. Okoye also said INEC would collate all results that were yet to be collated before it would decide if there would be a supplementary election in some areas. The INEC Voters boss also appealed to Rivers people to exercise patience as he said INEC was working tirelessly to ensure that the right thing is done.
Magnus Abe wants justice for late PDP agent
The Senator representing Rivers South/East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe, urges the Rivers State Government to detail the Commissioner of Police to bring to book those involved in killing of Dr. Feri Gberebgere. Senator Abe said this during the condolence visit to the family of late Dr. Feri Gbegbe who was killed in Bori during the Governorship and State Assembly Election.
He said all those who took part in the violence should be punished. It was gathered that Senator Abe also visited the family of Late Ibisiki Amachree, an INEC Adhoc staff who was shot dead in Degema during the Presidential election. In a related development, the facilitator of ‘The Ogoni Next Generation Project’, Kadilo Kabari, described the killing of Dr. Gberegbere as bitter pill. He called for justice for the late academic and for many other victims who were killed in Ogoni land during the election.
PDP LGA boss mourns death of Dr Gberebge at elections
The Chairman of Kana Local Government Area, Latila Lolo, has expressed sadness over the death of the immediate past president of the Academic Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) at the Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic, Dr. Ferry Gbegbe, who was shot to death at the collation center in Bori.
A statement by the Khana Council boss sympathized with the family of Dr. Feri Gbegbe. The statement said as a sign of honor, a condolence register has been opened at the council secretariat in Bori. The statement further said Dr. Gberegbe was a rare gem and a true activist.
In the same vain, the governorship candidate of the Action Peoples Party (APP) in Rivers State, Lesi Legborsi, has expressed sadness over the number of deaths recorded during the last election in the state including that of Dr. Ferry Gberegbe. Legborsi in a chat with newsmen said the death would have been avoided if politicians had exhibited maturity and had the interest of the public at heart. The APP candidate while appealing to lawyers to offer free legal advice to the victims’ relatives wishing to persecute those responsible for the killing of their loved ones, called for an end to the violence during elections in Rivers State.
APC’s Goodnews Amadi accuses INEC of working for Rivers PDP
A member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Goodnews Amadi, is accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working in favour of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the African Action Congress (AAC) in the yet to be concluded Governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Amadi who was the AAC party agent for Obio/Akpor Local Government in a chat with journalists alleged that available collated results in the custody of INEC before the suspension was 14 local Governments instead of the 17 announced by INEC. He challenged the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Obo Efangha, to tell Rivers people how INEC arrived at the 17 collated results.
The APC stalwart further wondered why panel of enquiry will be set up by the Rivers State Government to investigate only the death of PDP member, Dr. Ferry Gberegbe and ignore other persons who were also killed during the elections.
Disabled persons to disable operations in Akuku-Toru if…
Members of the Joint National Association of People with Disabilities in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area have threatened to stage a protest in Abonnema and Port Harcourt if the council chairman, Rowland Sekibo, is not allowed to return to his people. The sixth division of the Nigerian Army Port Harcourt has accused and declared Rowland Sekibo wanted for allegedly masterminding the February 23rd violence in Abonnema during the presidential election. Board coordinator of Joint National Association of people with disabilities in Akulga, Collins Apana, said Sekibo is innocent.