Amaechi Condemns Elections In Rivers

Governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi has described yesterday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state as a sham.

According to Daily Post, Amaechi stated this while fielding questions from journalists after casting his vote at his polling unit, Ward 8, Unit 14, Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State.

He said: “I think it is a sham. You noticed what happened in Omagwa, what happened was that somebody called me and said they were been attacked at a particular polling booth and I went there, the thugs were overwhelming until another group of soldiers came before they ran away.

“Don’t forget that the report was that our people were been attacked, so I came to rescue the people who were been attacked. When we came, you saw the thugs yourselves, so how do you stabilize the system when already the system has been taken over by thugs?”

Amaechi also accused the police of bias: “I think there must have been an arrangement between the police and the PDP for the state to be overrun by thugs and you know, the funniest part is that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) promised us over 2,800 mobile policemen. What you see is just one Deputy Commissioner of Police, John Amadi conniving with the PDP to orchestrate all these violence against APC members and Rivers people. 

“Yesterday, Mr. President(Goodluck Jonathan) withdrew the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Tunde Ogunsakin and ordered him to go back to Calabar just because he arrested a DPO who took out four wards result sheets and gave to militants working for PDP”.
The governor also frowned at the retention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Gesila Khan, who he accused of engaging in election malpractices.
“If INEC had posted the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) away, we wouldn’t have been here. If the Commissioner of Police and the President had allowed the police to function properly, we won’t be here. 

“In the Ogoni area, you have one Area Commander, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, harassing people, arresting APC members. Then you have in the state DCP John Amadi. By 2 a.m, he was busy in Nyesom Wike’s father’s house writing results”.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatoial candidate in the state, Barrister Nyesom Wike  has rebuked allegations by Amaechi that the elections were a sham.

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