Police defend Rivers gov poll as APC decries antiAmaechi plot
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)