Update On Election In Rivers: Soldiers Arrest SSG, SA To Governor, Others

By Rivers State PDP

...Beat Up Commissioner For Environment

...Hijack Ballot Papers, Result Sheets

...Arrest, Killed And Beat Up PDP Members

...Bro Felix Obuah Describes Military Action As Genocide Against Rivers People

The soldiers of the Nigerian Army led by Magnus Abe to the INEC centres in Gokana and KHana Local Government Areas have beaten the Hon Commissioner for Environment, Professor Roseline Konya to a state of coma.

Reports say she is unconscious as at the time of filling this report.

They have also beaten up all PDP agents at INEC offices in Bori, Tai and Gokana and drove them away.

They have hijacked all the election materials and are thump printing and writhing results.

The Secretary to the State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani, Special Adviser on Special projects to the State Governor, Hon Cyril Dum Wite and over 2000 PDP across the State have been beaten, arrested and detained by the Nigerian Army, drafted to conduct the election by Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Magnus Abe and the APC.

Reacting to the sad development, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah describes the action of the military against Rivers people and members of the PDP as genocide.

The Nigerian Army disobeys two separate court orders, restraining them from participating in Rivers re-run election and in Rivers South East Senatorial District of the State.

All electoral materials for Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State have been hijacked by Barry Mpigi assisted by the soldiers.

Attempts by voters to resist the hijack of the election materials, led to the killing of two pregnant women and scores of people, by armed men in military uniform.

Election in the 15 units of Ward 3, Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State were also disrupted and materials taken away by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, who shot sporadically while carting away all electoral materials.

Mr Gabriel Ekwere, Electoral Officer for Eleme LGA, Rivers State absconds with all unit results and other materials from the collation centre.

The PDP Chairman in Rivers State calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to cancel Rivers re-run election in Tai, Oyigbo, Gokana, Khana and all other Local Government Areas of the State, where soldiers of the Nigerian Army connived with the APC to hijack electoral materials, kill, main, destroy properties, arrest and detain PDP members.

He condemns the action of the military and calls for investigation.

Jerry Needam,
Special Adviser On Media And Publicity To Rivers PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah