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Rivers rivals split over INEC officials

16 March 2016, 19:01

Abuja - A war of words has emerged in Rivers State as the main parties spat over the fitness of some electoral authorities to conduct the re-run polls set for this coming weekend.

It is reported Governor Nyesom Wike, who leads the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had queried the professionalism of Amina Zakari, a National Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Commissioner.

The governor is said to have alleged Zakari was on a mission to swap elections results with fake ones.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has hit out at the governor over his sentiments.

Also read: INEC releases time table for rerun elections in 15 states

Chris Finbone, APC Rivers spokesperson, claimed Zakari had an “excellent record” of supervising some of the “relatively best” elections by INEC in the past.

“No amount of frustration from politicians with fast declining fortunes and zero moral reputation like Nyesom Wike can tarnish her record or demoralise her spirit in conducting free, fair and credible rerun elections in Rivers State come March 19,” Finebone said.

Finebone argued the recent attacks on Zakari by Wike was a sequel to repeated death threats to INEC personnel when Wike reportedly advised them to “write their will” before coming to conduct the rerun elections in Rivers State.

“Therefore, his present vituperation appears to be the beginning of implementing his earlier threat,” said Finebone.



- CAJ News


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