By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – COALITION of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Rivers State yesterday imagined that the violence that marred the 2019 general elections in Rivers state would have been bloodier if not for the professionalism displayed by security operatives.
Convener of the coalition, Somina Wokoma of Rivers Project, in a statement in Port Harcourt, also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of altering results of the March 9 governorship election in violation of Section 26 of the Electoral Act. 2010 (as amended).
He said, “If not for the highly professional conduct of the security agencies, especially the military in protecting the electorate during the election, Rivers would have turned into an ocean of blood.”
On alleged conspiracy to compromise the state’s governorship results, Wokema said, “INEC’s refusal to publish names of the acclaimed collated seventeen (17) LGAs and outstanding six LGAs is a clear act of deceit, treachery and confirmation of our long held suspicion that all is not well with the current Rivers INEC team.”
He further alleged, “We have it on record that Governor Nyesom Wike through the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Obo Effanga, secretly replaced collation and returning officers who conducted the presidential election with members of the PDP, who realizing that the election were not favouring their paymaster, triggered the illegal suspension order by INEC.
“We hereby inform these conspirators against the will of our people that we will not sit idle and watch them destroy the peace of our state. We warn the national security agencies of impending breakdown of law and order if the unholy alliance to force Wike on Rivers people using INEC and the judiciary is not nipped in the bud”