Ahead of the Saturday’s gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections, hundreds of protesters mostly the supporters of All Progressives Congress, APC, and Coalition of Nigerian Political Parties, Rivers State chapter, yesterday besieged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office in Abuja, calling for the removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for the state, Mrs Gesila Khan.
The protesters comprising 16 political parties in a petition submitted to the commission claimed that the REC could not conduct a credible governorship election, after allegedly being compromised by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
The group also accused the REC of frustrating the use of card readers during the presidential election on March 28 in addition to hoarding election result sheets.
According to them, the protest became imperative to save democracy, saying the people of Rivers State would resist any attempt to repeat what they termed massive fraud that was perpetrated during the presidential election.
Chairmen of some of the political parties persistently called for the removal of thes REC, saying her continuous stay in the state might disrupt the peace of the state during the governorship election.
The chairman of Democratic People’s Party, DPP, Chima Nsirim submitted the group’s petition to an official of the electoral body who promised to present it to the chairman of the commission.
After the submission of the petition signed by chairmen of 17 political parties in the state, members of the coalition sang and danced under the watchful eyes of policemen who were on ground to ensure the protest remained peaceful.
The protesters carried placards with several inscriptions such as ‘Remove Rivers REC Now’, ‘No More Rigging in Rivers State’, ‘Gesila is Corrupt’, ‘Jega Save Us’, ‘13 Political Parties Demand REC Removal’, and more.


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