Rivers governorship election is a sham – Amaechi

Rivers governorship election is a sham – Amaechi

Saturday, April 11, 2015 7:10 pm

Governor Rotimi Amaechi

Governor Rotimi Amaechi

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Governor Chibuike Amaechi and Rivers State, southern Nigeria, has described the Governorship and House Assembly elections as a sham because with the report reaching him, inadequate security allowed brazen irregularities to be perpetrated.

He said that last night President Goodluck Jonathan ordered AIG Zone 6, Tunde Ogunshakin, out of Rivers State because he arrested some thugs with INEC’s voting materials.

Governor Amaechi and his wife were accredited and later voted in Unit 14, Ward 32 in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government.

He three persons and a policeman and three persons have been shot dead, with many buildings including that of Mrs Joeab West, the Commissioner for Women Affairs reportedly bombed in Buguma, headquarters of Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

At Olanda State Primary School, opposite School of Arts and Science, in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, which is one of distribution and coalition centres, materials were destroyed after a fake policeman was caught trying to cart away INEC materials.

At Omanwa in ward 7, in Ikwerre LGA, Chimenem Wogu was shot while trying to protect INEC materials from being snatched.

Governor Chibuike Amaechi was on his way to Ubima in Ikwerre local Government Area to get accredited and vote when he ran into the victim of the gunshot.

He directed one of his aides to himu to hospital for immediate attention.

At the time of filing the report, Ahmad Muhammad, Rivers State Police Commissioner confirmed the shootings and burning of houses in Buguma but could not say the number of casualties.

When asked if he was aware that someone was killed in Buguma and beheaded, he said he was not aware but could confirm that a policeman was killed last night along Rex Lawson street in old Port Harcourt Township.

He said at least 17,000 policemen were deployed to the state to supervise the election and two are supposed to man each polling unit to ensure security.

P.M.NEWS can report that there were clashes between APC and PDP supporters in Ozuoba, Obio-Akpor when agents a particular political party insisted that they must see result sheets and some other sensitive materials.

Meanwhile, Nyesom Wike, the PDP governorship candidate dismissed the assessment of Governor Amaechi of the election because no election all over the world is ever perfect, even though he agreed that what is required is a substantial compliance with the electoral law.

He said allegations by the Governor should be dismissed because in Nigeria if a politician is poised to lose an election he starts early to criticize the conduct of election.

He said in his ward the exercise went smoothly.

On his part Dakuku Peterside, the governorship candidate of APC said in Opobo, the exercise went well but information reaching him across the state showed that the exercise was marred by violence.

He alleged that at Ogba/Egbema/Andoni Local Government Area, an APC youth leader whose name was given as Felix Orukowu was murdered in Idu Community along with six others murdered by party thugs.

Four journalists narrowly escaped death in the hands of party thugs who had snatched election materials at Abua/Odua Local Government Area of the state.

The lucky journalists were Mike Mboye, zonal manger of NAN, Olalekan Ige, Editor of Independent Monitor and Gbenga James of Silverbird Radio/Television in Port Harcourt.

Ige who narrated the incident said they ran into hoodlums who snatched ballot materials when one of them who erroneously thought they may be agents of the opposition party drew out a double-barrel gun and cocked it to fire at them until some suggested that he should ask about the identities of the journalists.

That was the saving grace. But they were ordered to flee from the area. In that process, they lost their valuables like IPad etc.

Channels TV cameraman was beaten at Rumuomasi in Obio Akpor LGA, as well as Ofonime Okon of Silverbird TV and Radio who was terribly beaten by thugs in Ogoniland.

The thugs damaged the vehicle he hired to monitor the election. He also managed to escape with his body bruised.

Ofonime said over 50 thugs bounced for daring to give live report on the election to his studio.

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  • paul ogbuokiri says:

    APC should stop formenting trouble in the states it knows it cannot win. Pls enjoy your victory, leave Rivers, Imo and Ekiti alone. Be a bit sportsmanly. APC can only win in those places by crook or its well known judicial magomago

  • dame lola says:

    Answers yourself mr. Judas. Afterall, you know that even if the hold election 100 times, APC will never win rivers state. Ask Dakuku. Mtchew…

  • John says:

    So, Amaechi expected to win Rivers state for APC? Does he think Rivers people are fools? After all his lies, deceits and propaganda against our gentleman President Goodluck Jonathan. Amaechi should be prepared to spend the rest of his criminal life in Abuja or in Ghana where has invested much of the money he stole from the Rivers state treasury. It’s payback time for Amaechi, the rogue.

  • Purevic says:

    I think Amechi is the problem.There is no way APC can win in rivers state,no matter how much is said or spent,it’s like expecting PDP to win in Jigawa State,it’s as simple as that.The losers are playing bad looser unlike the example of PDP GEJ

  • Purevic says:

    Leave Jonathan out of this,He deployed security u complain,they reduce security you complain. Amechi and APC should just concede defeat like orther sitting governors in the north and allow peace to rain.simple it’s not by force

  • The Trib3sman says:

    It was Amaechi’s men led by Ojukaye Flag Amachree, former LGA chairman who killed two people in Buguma, Asari Toru LGA including one Smart Soberekon who they brutally assassinated. They will be punished in the same measure and manner.

  • The Trib3sman says:

    Amaechi is a sick idiot. He lost big time. We voted him out!!! Never again

  • The Trib3sman says:

    There was elections in Rivers State and Amaechi and his goons failedx. Rivers people did not vote against Peterside. They voted against Amaechi en mass. The International Observers who said that elections did not hold in Rivers State were led by Humphrey Bekaren who is a paid Amaechi agent. See his linkedIn profile page here

  • chiboy says:

    Amechi is a big fool, idot.

  • Mukad says:

    River state election should be canceled and another day should be set aside for fresh election with several battalion on military , police and air forces on the ground. Enough is enough for this shameless people. Jonathan should rise up to the occasion with the little integrity left for him.

  • Arthur Judah angel says:

    Wiki and his tugs must be called to order. Secondly, will the presidency tell Nigeria n’s why he all of a sudden ordered the AIG out of Porthcourt. Many questions demanding answers.
    Arthur Judah Angel



  • Himan says:

    Let him learn how to shot up when it is necessary.. he should know that no man wins it all,, greedy fool…

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