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#RIVERSRERUN | PDP raises alarm over arrest 21 INEC Staff


The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the arrest of 21 ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Elector­al Commission (INEC), who took part in the December 10, 2016 leg­islative re-run election in the state.

This came a day after a 15-man panel setup by the Inspector-Gen­eral of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the alleged vi­olence in the re-run election visit­ed Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt.

Those allegedly arrested served in the areas where candidates of the PDP won. They were initially de­tained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

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INEC’s ad-hoc were trans­ferred to Abuja on Thursday at noon and were allegedly forced to confess that they received money from Wike, the PDP, and its can­didates.

Already, the Police and the state chapter of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) have linked the victo­ry of the PDP in the election to the bribery of the INEC personnel.

A source who  alleged that there are plans to arrest more people with a view to parading them during a press conference that will be organised by the Police High Com­mand, in conjunction with the top leaders of the APC.

The Media Adviser to the Riv­ers PDP Chairman, Mr. Jerry Need­am, said that what has happened is a confirma­tion of the fact that the Police Com­mittee led by Mr. Damain Okoro, is on a witch-hunt mission against Wike, the PDP and its candidates who won the re-run election.

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According to him, the Po­lice authorities have made no pre­tence about their biased role on is­sues surrounding the exercise in the state.

He said the recent action is ev­idenced by the premature sack of six of the policemen attached to the governor and their refusal to ques­tion the conduct of Mr. Akin Fa­korede during the election.

Needam said that what worries PDP is what the activities of the se­curity operatives portend for de­mocracy and the image of the Police and other security forces who swore oath of allegiance of neutrality.

He lamented that it is unfortu­nate that the Police under Idris, had abandoned their constitutional re­sponsibilities and turned into a se­curity arm of the APC.

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  • Nelson
    January 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

    The Rivers PDP, WIKE and others who are scared of investigation because there knew their in human role during Rivers re-run should allow police to do their work.


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