APC supporters have arrested the main gate of the INEC office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The Supporters are protesting the non-inclusion of their candidates in the ballot for Saturday and the March elections. The protesters mentioned that the election would not take place if their Party was not allowed by INEC to participate.
Our correspondent who was at the scene gathered that the APC supporters where dispersed after a canister of tear gas was fired into the air.
While speaking to the PRO of police,
“The election is going to be free and fair, we have sworn to be apolitical, to prepare a level
He noted that men from the 19 PMF, counter-terrorism unit and men from the Elekahia police station have been at the INEC for the past two weeks providing security for INEC officials and election materials. He said that the police is good to go.
“We are good to go. We are home and dry for the elections and adequate security has been made. Elaborate measures have been put in place to ensure that the election is free and fare and devoid of violence.”
Meanwhile in another development, In a press briefing organized by the APC, the state publicity secretary, Chris Fineboy said the INEC has an obligation to relist APC on the ballot or risk being sanctioned for excluding them and disobeying the court order. According to his statement, they (APC) have reached a decision that nothing will stop APC from participating in the 2019 general elections on Saturday. In his address to INEC, Chris Fineboy advised INEC to obey the rule of law.
“We wish to state advisedly that obedience to the rule of law is the best antidote to anarchy. We urge INEC to obey the rule of law and return our great party speedily to the ballot.”
They are also calling on the general public to go all out and vote for APC on Saturday.
The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman, responding, said that their hands are tied in Rivers State since every decision comes from their head-quarters in Abuja.