It was indeed a good spectacle to watch one Engr. Awara Biokpomabo address a section of the media Monday evening on what he called “State of the March 9 Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State.
Good afternoon, Gentlemen of the Press.
Let me on behalf of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) welcome you to the Headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command on this auspicious day; to abreast you with the preparations so far made by the Security Agencies in ensuring that the Elections of Saturday will be peaceful, free , fair and devoid of violence.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands, in line with the commitment to a transparent, free and fair election, an immediate halt to the on-going collation of results by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), until data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units are made available to all the parties in the election.
By Levi Obijiofor
The presidential and National Assembly elections conducted last Saturday, February 23, 2019, were a sham. The headlines tell the sad story of a nation whose citizens lined up to participate in important national elections but found to their dismay the outbreak of warfare, extreme violence, callous killings, open snatching of ballot boxes, free transportation of ballot papers already thumb-printed, and exchange of angry words by voters. Why is it difficult for Nigeria to organise credible and peaceful elections that African countries conduct without too much fighting or spilling of blood? We are we a democratic country in name only.
The Ogoni ethnic nationality took Nigerians and indeed the world by surprise when in 1993 Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People-MOSOP was launched. Formation of this Socio-Cultural organization and launching of her Bill of Rights with appeal to the International Community for intervention no doubt heightened insecurity in the place.