Rivers petitions 50 countries over re-run polls



Ahead of the re-run polls scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold in Rivers State on Saturday, March 19, 2016, the state government says it has petitioned 50 countries of the world demanding global surveillance on the process to ensure the conduct of a free, fair and credible election in the state.

The petition, which was signed by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George and sent to the embassies of the 50 countries, read in part: “I write on behalf of the government and people of Rivers State, Nigeria, to inform you respectfully of the imminent danger posed to the peace and stability of Rivers State by the actions and provocative utterances of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC)”.

The commissioner accused APC leaders in Rivers State, notably the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi and Dakuku Peterside of resorting to “intimidatory tactics and openly inciting violence against members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and anyone who holds a different political perspective in the state.”

In another development, while Amaechi urged the people of Etche not to vote for Rivers East Senatorial candidate, Senator George Sekibo, for attempting to thwart his ministerial nomination, Governor Nyesom Wike during the PDP rally in the district held at Elele yesterday, instructed the Ikwerre Local Council Caretaker Committee Chairman, Samuel Nwanosike, to prevent Amaechi from moving around on Saturday under the guise of monitoring the conduct of the re-run elections.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 2,000 personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), including one Assistant Commandant General (ACG) and four Commandants, have been approved and deployed to man the re-run election in the state.

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