Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District in the yet to be concluded legislative re-run election, has expressed loss of confidence in the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Rivers State, Mr. Aniedi Ikiowak.
Senator Abe accused the electoral umpire of being a contractor to the Ministry of Education when Governor Nyesome Wike was the minister.
Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Abe said that Ikiowak had a warm relationship with Governor Wike as a contractor and had demonstrated bias from the manner he conducted the re-run election by manipulating and announcing the results of PHALGA despite high irregularities and suspending that of Tai LGA in order to give PDP an advantage.
“We have expressed very grave misgivings about the conduct of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers state. First is that, more than two weeks after the elections, he went ahead to declare four seats for the PDP. Those four seats that were declared, one of them, the margin of win is less than the number of people that had not voted but he declared it for PDP and handed over a certificate of return.
”Again, everybody knows about the controversial ward in PHALGA, that was not taken into account. On his own, without anything, he cancelled that and declared the person he wanted to declare. I can cite several other instances. In the same PHALGA where election was cancelled and the electoral officer was asked to withdraw. The electoral officer withdrew, an assistant electoral officer stayed back, conducted the election, declared the winner and he was handed a certificate of return because he is PDP. But in Tai LGA, that is where the REC now became the electoral officer, insisting that Tai LGA has been cancelled, …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper