Gov candidates flay arrest of Rivers INEC bossBy Bobricky 10:13 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 Comments
PORT HARCOURT â€” Coalition of 2015 governorship candidates in Rivers State has condemned recent arrest and harassment of the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dame Gesilia Khan.
Speaking, yesterday at the Rivers State headquarters of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, in Port Harcourt, the governorship candidate of KOWA party, Mr Kemka Stanley-Elenwo, said that most of the candidates who contested the governorship election congratulated the winner, Governor Nyesom Wike because of the credibility of the exercise.
He recalled that previous elections in the state were characterised by all forms of rigging and manipulation, adding that the last governorship election was unique as it was conducted in accordance with the electoral guidelines, a situation he said informed why they congratulated the winner.
â€œIt takes somebody like Khan to conduct elections in Rivers State because she followed the rules. We must say that the election was better than previous elections. The way she conducted the election was why we did not waste time in congratulating the winner. We are not talking as praise singers but as people who spent money to participate in the election,â€ he said.
Chairman of the Coalition and governorship candidate of United Progressive Party, in the last governorship election, Deacon Akwu Parker, said that they were convinced that the election was well conducted, adding that they had resolved to work for the interest of the state because they knew from day one that only one person will be elected governor of the state in the election.
â€œWe are convinced that the election was well organised. We appreciate the winner. There is time for everything. The purpose of our coalition is to serve the state and inspire faith in our followers, we want to work with the governor that has won for the good of the state,â€ he said.
Dame Khan commended the six candidates for their spirit of sportsmanship.
She recalled that she hesitated to resume in the state when she was redeployed from Delta State but she was told to see her posting as a sign of trust and confidence.
Other governorship candidates that were Citizens Popular Party, Mr Royal Enhida, National Conscience Party, NCP, Mrs Tepikor Anatasia, New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Engr Godwin David and Prince Uche Chukwu of the Alliance for Democracy.
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