Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, yesterday declared that his administration will support the conduct of free and fair legislative re-run elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state.
The governor said that the people of the state will, however, resist any attempt to subvert the will of the people through rigging the forthcoming elections.
Wike said this when he granted audience to the new Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Rivers State, Elder Ikoiwak Aniedi.
“We will support anybody that comes to conduct free and fair elections. If anybody has at the back of his mind that he is coming to do the bidding of a particular political party or interest group or that he is coming to the state to impose candidates on the state or rig election, the people will resist.
“You have said it here that it is the duty of the people to elect their representatives. It is not the duty of INEC and it is not the duty of security agents to impose candidates on our state. Your duty is to conduct free and fair elections and we want to believe that INEC will conduct free and fair elections.
“The ruling party at the federal level has boasted severally how they will use INEC and security agencies to manipulate the rerun elections. Don’t allow any security agency to teleguide you because we have told our people that everybody should be firm, everybody should be ready. We will not take any chances; we will follow materials bumper to bumper. We will make sure we have agents in all areas”.
Wike urged the Recom to seek legal implications of the rerun elections which will hold on 19th March, 2016, three months after it was stipulated by Electoral Act and the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
Earlier, the Rivers State INEC Electoral Commissioner, Elder Ikoiwak Aniedi said he called to inform Governor Wike that the rerun elections will hold in the state on 19th March for 3 Senatorial Districts, 12 Federal Constituencies and 22 State Constituencies.
Elder Aniedi applied for the governor’s approval for INEC to use state schools for the elections from March 18 to March 20, 2016.

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