Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ikwerre, Okrika and Ahoada West Local Government Areas have accused the Nigerian Army of disrupting elections exercise in the areas.
The Electoral Officers, Emavwoyan Efeturi, Leo Okon, and Emotion Niki, on Monday night arrived the collation centre without their respective collation officers.
They noted that there was no collation in their areas and that there was nothing to show that election actually took place in these areas.
According to the INEC officials, soldiers from the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt led by Captain Inuwa stormed the INEC office to stop collation and chased everybody away.
The Electoral Officer of Ahoada, Niki, also noted that APC and PDP thugs were shooting heavily which made the collation impossible.
He noted that there were no results for the three place in Rivers State, adding that about 11 persons including a soldier were killed in the election in the state on Saturday.
Statement by the INEC Officials (as seen on Premium Times)
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Journalists, domestic and foreign observers were shocked on Monday at the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Centre when INEC Officials narrated how soldiers of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army invaded Collation Centre of Emohua Local Government Area and Ikwerre Local Government Area to snatch Presidential and National Assembly result sheets.
The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in company of about 100 soldiers of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army invaded the INEC Office at Isiokpo.
In Emohua, a former Commissioner under Rotimi Amaechi led the invasion of the Collation Centre by soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
Speaking during the Collation Session on Monday, Mrs Mary Efeture Imawuya INEC Electoral Officer of Ikwerre LGA declared that no Collation was carried out in Ikwerre Local Government Area because of the invasion of the INEC Office in Isiokpo by soldiers.
She said: “Between 7 and 8pm of Saturday, February 23, 2019, the military invaded INEC office at Isiokpo and they walked out every adhoc staff that were there to present their results to the Collation Officers. The evidence is still there. We took recordings.
“At the end of the day, no Collation was carried out. The results of the Collation Officers, issued to them , was retrieved by me and returned backed to the INEC State Office”.
She noted that the military personnel did not allow the adhoc staff to carry out Collation in their wards, hence permission was sought and obtained from INEC for Collation to hold at the INEC office at Isiokpo.
“We sent messages to all our polling officers that the should report at Isiokpo with their results. As they were coming, one after the other, the Collation Officers were asked to identify their polling units and do their Collation”, she said. The INEC Returning Officer said that the military disrupted the process by sporadic shootings and snatched the election materials.
Also speaking, INEC Electoral Officer for Emohua Local Government Area, Kenneth Etah blamed massive shootings by the military for the disruption of Emohua Local Government Area Collation process.
He said: “As I speak, I do not have any results to present for Emohua Local Government Area because Collation did not take place.
“This was due to sporadic shootings that disrupted the process. There was pandemonium and everything was scattered. After one hour shootings, security officials evacuated us to the council hall.
“We remained there, while materials remained in my office. By 5am, I discovered my office was burgled. I have not seen my Collation Officer or the materials. I have not seen results. I submit there were no results”.