The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prevent the Nigeria Army from participating in the conclusion of the electoral process in the state.
While advising the INEC, the Governor also dismissed reports that the State is characterized with violence, but rather blamed the Federal government for being overtly interested in the resources of the state.
“The only way you can have peaceful election is when the security agencies refuse to manipulate the elections. The Army snatched results and when the people resisted them, the Army killed them. The violence was at the point of Collation.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had earlier named the seventeen local government areas of Rivers State where results have been collated and ready for announcement.
And they included: Ahoada East, Bonny, Akuku-Toru, Obio-Akpor, Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni, Omuma, Port Harcourt, Ikwerre, Emohua, Tai, Opobo-Nkoro, Andoni ,Eleme, Etche, Ogu–Bolo, Oyigbo, Okrika.
The commission also named Adoada West, Asari Toru, Degema, Abua Odual, Khana and Gokana as the remaining six local government areas where the commission is expected to commence collation of electoral results.