Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has vowed to stop outgoing Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi from conducting Local Government Areas election, which the State Independent Electoral Commission RISIEC, has scheduled for May 23.
The State PDP Chairman, Prince Felix Obuah, told Nigerian Pilot in Port Harcourt yesterday that Amaechi’s action was undemocratic, provocative and illegal.
Obuah noted that RISIEC should have as a matter of legal requirement, given political parties the mandatory 90 days notice, for relevant preparations.
He said: “The so-called Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s announcement to that effect is rather a wishful thinking, because it is illegal, and he knows it. It is not only illegal, but retrogressive, provocative and a colossal waste of the state’s resources.
“We will challenge the illegality in court, and we will stop it there. Amaechi has always taken our people for a ride, ruling the state like his own private estate. He has no respect for the rule of law, but we will floor him at the court room,” he declared.
Obuah called on other political parties, security agencies and the entire state, to resist what he described as “Governor Amaechi’s invitation to anarchy.”
However, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Davies Ikpanya, said that all the political parties had long been informed by the RISIEC, and were in agreement with the body for the election, expect the PDP which, he said, was afraid of defeat.
Regretting that the LGs’ election was long overdue, Ikpanya disclosed that the commission had been making the announcement, maintaining it would have been conducted earlier, but for the general elections.
He said: “The PDP is not popular in the state, that is why they are jittery. If they are on ground as they claim, let them come and test their popularity.”
On their poor performance at the just-concluded general elections, he reacted: “We cleared the elections, but for the connivance of the Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC, its Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dame Gesila Khan with PDP.
“The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RISIEC, under Professor Austin Ahiazu, has the capacity to conduct free, fair and credible elections, and we urge all Rivers people and political parties to support the election,” he appealed.

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