NBA fears use of courts to win elections may destroy democracy
The Chairman of the Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Sylvester Adaka, says the incessant use of courts by politicians to win electoral mandate is a threat to democracy. Adaka, in a chat with correspondents, said if the trend was not checked, voters would further lose interest in the electoral process as their vote would no longer count. On the conduct of the supplementary elections, Adaka said INEC has the constitutional right to do so. He said supplementary elections are conducted so as not to disenfranchise those who did not vote in the first instance. Adaka added that the recent defections of the running mates of the Action African Congress (AAC) to the PDP will not affect the fortunes of the governorship candidate, Engr Biokpomabo Awara, in anyway.
Rivers APC says it did not do deal with party
The faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State loyal to Senator Magnus Abe said it did not enter into any form of alliance with any political party with respect to the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state. Peter Odike, the chairman of the faction, said following the pending case involving the party at the Supreme Court, there was no bases for any member of the APC to work either in favour or against the 9th of March elections in Rivers State. Odike further called on all political parties to allow INEC perform its constitutional responsibilities without intimidation. He also called on Rivers people to stay away from politicians who have placed their personal interest above that of the church.
King Jaja counts Opobo out of call to camcel elections
The Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom and chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Dandison Douglas Jaja, said Opobo Kingdom was not part of the signatories to a letter to the presidency from prominent Rivers elders and statesmen calling for the cancellation of the 9th March Governorship and House of Assembly elections. King Douglas Jaja in a chat with correspondents said the reaction became necessary as Professor D.M Fubara who is an indigene of Opobo was a signatory to the letter. He said Professor Fubara’s position does not represent views of Opobo Kingdom. The chairman appealed to the people of the state to give INEC their support to conclude the Governorship and House of Assembly Election in Rivers State.