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Rivers Guber: The Suspension Of Result Described As Attempt At Robbing Rivers People Of Their Collective Mandate – Eze

Explains Why Rivers State Overwhelmingly Rejected Wike

Condemns Wike’s Authorisation Of Announcement Of Fake INEC  Results in Radio Rivers 

The decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) to suspend the electoral process in Rivers State has been described as
an attempt to rob Rivers people of their choice to change an ineffective and
bloodthirsty administration.

A chieftain of the party in the South-South region of the country
and former spokesman of the new People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze
Chukwuemeka Eze, who sounded this warning in a statement issued and circulated
in Port Harcourt on Monday morning, said INEC decision, if allowed to sustain,
would be imposing a constitutional and violent crisis on the State.

Eze, who has been vocal about the tone of the political
development in Rivers state, noted that the governorship and House of Assembly
elections had been comfortably decided against a system that had imposed heavy
security as well as economic burdens on the people of the State, adding that
suspending an already concluded election in the state would only be conferring
an undue advantage on the PDP as well as Governor Nyesom Wike, whom the people
of the State had overwhelmingly rejected.

The party chieftain, who boasts of a close relationship with the
River state Governor, said the people of Rivers had, as had been gathered from
results so far gathered, made their choice in Engr. Biokpomabo Awara, the
governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), adding that the
latest card being played by INEC is not new as it had been used in the past to
rob the APC House of State House of Assembly  member-elect for Port
Harcourt 3 State Constituency of his mandate till date.

He, however, called on the INEC to be patriotic, honour the wishes
of the people of Rivers state and declare the governorship candidate of the
AAC, Engr. Awara, as the winner of the governorship contest and ensure that the
franchise of Rivers people is allowed to count.

According to Eze, “the commission cited Section 26 of the
Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and Clause 47(e) of the regulations and guidelines
of the commission as it’s enabling power, but the fact remains that the clause
so quoted never gave the commission powers to suspend announcement of an
election duly concluded and declared at various local government areas by INEC
officials  

“We are aware that the strategy adopted by INEC is to try to
save a drowning man, rejected by his people. INEC adopted similar strategy in
2017 during the bye election to fill the vacant  PH 111 State Constituency
seat when the APC candidate was at the verge of winning the election only for
INEC to arrest the result and suspended the announcement of that results till
date.

“If INEC has such an idea of arresting the results of this
concluded election, they are not only trying to subvert the constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, but are attempting to deny the people of Rivers
state their choice of who is to govern them”, Eze said.

He, however, pleaded with INEC to avoid engineering both
constitutional crisis and unprecedented violent crisis that will result if INEC
decides, for any reason, to deny the Rivers state people their choice of
candidate.

Eze also noted that it is an act of impunity and lawlessness for Governor Wike to authorise the announcement of fake and unauthorised INEC  results in Radio Rivers while INEC’s Committee on the conduct of Rivers State elections is yet to submit their findings accordingly. This is unfortunate, unacceptable and condemnable. The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) should take note of this unethical act and act accordingly, Eze counsels.

If this Wike’s fake results is what INEC intends to announce then
they have failed as we have all the authentic results as announced by the EOs
at the various Local Government headquarters. 

Eze noted that Rivers State is tired of allowing a man only known in his Obio -Akpor Local Government of Rivers State to continue to preside over a State with divergent cultural and tribal inclinations like Rivers State so INEC should try and respect the stand of Rivers State people on Governor Wike

“What the outside world don’t know about the politics of Rivers state is that Governor Wike is overrated in the politics of Nigeria. We all  are aware he rode on the blood of Rivers state people to becoming the Governor of the State and how he has spent four years just to decimate all that Amaechi, his mentor and Lecturer in the arts of politics, achieved in the State. 

“Today, the educational, agricultural, health and every sector in Rivers state are all ruined. He has reduced the one time Garden City to Garbage City full of filth. The security and safety of citizens of the State are no longer secured thereby scaring away both foreign and local investors. Salaries of Civil Servants and pension of Pensioners are not paid while we have a government that spends huge of money on trivial issues that have little or nothing to do with the future or greatness of Rivers State.

READ ALSO: Rivers Guber: Wike Arm-Twists REC To Declare Him Winner Of Elections — Eze

“So if Rivers state decides to vote out such a Governor what
can INEC do to change the revolutionary step that the people of Rivers State
have adopted to usher in the David of Rivers State (Engr Awara)  as doing
so will be fighting the divine purpose of God to free Rivers State from the
hands of a leader who have misused a golden opportunity granted to him to write
his name in gold. 

“The Federal Government should prevail on the leadership of
INEC not to do anything to jeopardize the peace of Rivers State”, Eze
implores.

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