Rivers gov’t, APC chide INEC over postponed rerun election
The Rivers State government and the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) have chided the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the legislative rerun elections in the state.
Citing what it termed “violence”, INEC had yesterday announced the postponement of the legislative rerun election scheduled to hold on Saturday.
Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Dr Tams George, said INEC was incompetent to conduct free and fair elections in the country.
The commissioner, who spoke at a Breakfast Television Programme, in Lagos, monitored from Port Harcourt, noted that the pattern of inconclusive elections by INEC shows that the electoral umpire lacked the capacity to produce an objective and credible exercise that would be acceptable to the people.
He alleged that by holding nocturnal meetings with chieftains of the APC, the electoral body has shown clearly that it was colluding with the party to frustrate Rivers people from having representatives at the National Assembly.
Also, the state chapter of the APC, in a press statement signed by its publicity secretary, Chris Finebone, said the postponement of the election was a huge disappointment, considering that it will further deny the people parliamentary representation at both state and national levels, “While the pressure of the candidates to sustain the campaigns continues apace.”