Port Harcourt - Three candidates of Labour Party in the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State have threatened to withdraw from contesting further rerun elections in the state except the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wields the big stick against the perpetrators of the violence that marred the previous exercise.
The candidates are Douglas Dodiyi-Manuel (Akulga/ Asalga Federal Constituency); Ted Dagogo Princewill (State House of Assembly Asalga Constituency 1) and Saturday Dabotubo Ngoji (State House of Assembly Asalga Constituency 2).
The aggrieved candidates made their intention known in a letter to INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu
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The letter dated March 29, 2016 accused INEC of shirking from its responsibility of initiating proceedings to disqualify candidates of political parties responsible for the violence that greeted the March 19 rerun elections in the state.
They accused INEC of deliberately covering its head in the dirty political sand and refused to perform its duties without fear or favour.
They stated that INEC finds it convenient to call for fresh rerun each time the elections are marred by violence and killing instead of wielding the big stick against the known perpetrator of violence and anarchy so as to move the state forward.
The aggrieved candidates therefore restated their threat to withdraw from further participation in rescheduled election except INEC initiates a proceeding to disqualify or punish candidates of the political parties who perpetrate and sponsored violence against the people of the state.
They also demand that INEC refund their expenses with regard to the last two botched polls and compensate them for resources and time wasted in the botched polls.
- News 24