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Conduct of LG polls in Rivers, waste of resources – PDP

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State chapter has described the planned conduct of the Local Government Council elections in the 22 Local Government Areas, LGAs in the State which was announced by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) as illegal, provocative and a waste of resources.
The party in a statement signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media, to the State Chairman of PDP, Bro Felix Obuah, and made available to Global Patriot Newspapers, said it unequivocally rejected the planned polls, just as it also dissociated itself from such arrangement ‘by the Amaechi-controlled Rivers State Electoral body (RSIEC) under Prof. Augustine Ahiazu’.
The PDP, in the statement stated that ‘accepting to organize such illegitimate and doubtful exercise at the 11th hour of the termination of the APC-led government in the State does not present the Chairman and his Commission as responsible, honourable and unbiased.’
“In as much as the Party believes that officials of RSIEC are abreast with the provisions of the Electoral Law and guidelines, particularly as it relates to the conduct of the LG polls, we still wish to bring to their attention the section that stipulates 90 days notice to the political parties before the conduct of any election.
“The anxiety, suspicion and distrust which the rush to conduct LG polls is generating since yesterday (Monday April 20, 2015) shows that the state is not ready for another gamble by Amaechi election now. What the Governor ought to be doing now is to constitute May 29 Transition Committee and to ask for submission of handover notes from his Aides and Executive Council members as being done at the centre by President Jonathan.
“ Our analysis of this development points to the fact that hurrying to conduct election before the end of Gov. Amaechi’s tenure (about four weeks) is done simply to justify the desires of the out-going Governor, including causing political crisis in the State for the incoming Governor to contend with,” the statement read.

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