Po­lice de­fend Rivers gov poll as APC de­cries an­tiA­maechi plot

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The As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (ACP) Mr Akuki Keneth, as­signed to mon­i­tor the April 11 gov­er­nor­ship poll in Rivers State says the elec­tion was peace­ful.

Ken­neth, who is also the area com­man­der in nine LGAs of the state, tes­ti­fied be­fore the Gov­er­nor­ship Elec­tion Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal for Rivers sit­ting in Abuja. The ACP who was sub­poe­naed by the tri­bunal to tes­tify said there was no dis­rup­tion of vot­ing in the nine lo­cal gov­ern­ment area that he su­per­vised. Ken­neth said the coun­cils un­der his su­per­vi­sion on the elec­tion day were Khana, Gokana, Okirika, Ogu/Bolo, El­eme, Bonny, Opobo/ Nkoro, An­doni and Tai.

Mean­while, the state chap­ter of the APC says it had un­cov­ered moves to block for­mer gover­nor Ro­timi Amaechi’s chances of be­ing cleared as min­is­ter by the se­nate and would re­sist it.

Though the min­is­te­rial list has not been of­fi­cially re­leased, sources in the APC said the party had re­li­able in­for­ma­tion that some op­po­nents of the for­mer gover­nor were plan­ning to protest at the Na­tional Assem­bly this week against his nom­i­na­tion as min­is­ter.

“What is wor­ri­some is that loy­al­ists of his ri­vals are do­ing this at a time Rivers State chil­dren are out of schools be­cause of the state gov­ern­ment’s re­fusal to pay salaries”, the source said, adding that the APC in Rivers may re­sist at­tempts to march on Abuja be­cause of Amaechi.

The state chair­man of the party, Chief Dr. Davies Ibi­amu Ikanya, was quoted as ad­mit­ting hav­ing heard such ru­mour, but said the APC in Rivers had borne with equa­nim­ity, all the nu­mer­ous at­tacks against Amaechi.

“It is sad in­deed as the for­mer gover­nor has done noth­ing to de­serve such evil be­hav­iour. We have de­cided as a party that we will no longer keep silent. We will match ac­tion for ac­tion and word for word”, he said. (NAN)

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