Rivers APC members, CSOs warn INEC of looming chaos.
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some civil society groups yesterday staged a protest in Port Harcourt, warning the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of looming anarchy over its suspension of last weekend’s elections in Rivers State.
As early as 8:00 am, hundreds of placard-carrying residents amid songs marched from Port Harcourt Polo Club to INEC office within the metropolis.
Their presence and those of security personnel forced commercial banks and other business concerns on the busy Port Harcourt-Aba Road to close shop.
Founder of the International Society for Human Rights and Social Justice, Dr. Omenazu Jackson, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, submitted that it was “flagrant abuse of the Electoral Act and the constitution for INEC to have delayed the announcement of Saturday’s election results.”
He asserted: “On that premise, we are saying that the right of Rivers people to know who is their next governor has been infringed upon by INEC. And we are saying that INEC should please as a matter of urgency and for the sake of peace of this state, release the result of the election so far. We have seen and observed that the present INEC leadership is partisan and when an umpire becomes partisan, it is a dangerous signal for the entire society.”
Jackson stated that when people do not get the leader they want, that provides a recipe for chaos.