The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 23, Presidential election Mr. Peter Obi has expressed concern over the fallouts from some states in the last Saturday’s gubernatorial and state assembly elections, particularly Rivers state, and wants international attention drawn to it.
Mr. Obi a former Governor of Anambra state said in a statement from his media office that the militarization of election to the extent of carrying collation center to a military location and denying international observers access to the center is clearly unacceptable and a grave breach of democratic norms.
The Vice Presidential candidate said that needless involvement of the military has aggravated the situation in Rivers state and wondered why the undue interest in Rivers, a very well known strong PDP state.
He said that the Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike should be the last to face this type of harassment given his popularity with his people which is as a result of his outstanding performance which earned him the sobriquet, Mr. Project, even from an opposition personality.
Obi stated that all reasonable persons within and outside the country who desire the growth and sustenance of democracy in this part of the World should rise up and condemn what is going on in Rivers state.
“Any reasonable person should know that Gov. Wike is the last person to be harassed knowing what he has put in in four years in terms of the delivery of democracy dividends.
The Vice Presidential candidate also described as curious the fact that all the six states that INEC declared inconclusive are where PDP was cruising to victory before the release of results was halted.
He said that the ruling party has become so shameless in their desperation as they have become brazen in perpetuating their rigging agenda.
Obi also urged the global democracies to show more than passing interest in what is going on in Nigeria particularly Rivers state as such untoward behavior has far reaching consequences for the entire democratic process in the continent and the World.