On Tuesday, Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State and his predecessor, former governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who is currently the Minister of Transport, attended a meeting organized to ensure a peaceful and violent free Rivers State rerun election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier postponed the rerun of the Senatorial/House of Representative election in the state for fear of violence.
According to the statement by INEC secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, he said that most parts of the state where elections are to hold are not conducive for peaceful elections.
“The reports of these assessments have been almost unanimous in concluding that the prevailing security situation in most parts of the state where elections are to hold are not conducive for peaceful elections.”
“In the Commission’s view, the rhetorics of some of the political actors, the incidence of violence in a number of local government areas where these elections are scheduled and the atmosphere of fear and intimidation created present danger in proceeding with elections as earlier scheduled.”
The meeting which was attended by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Alhaji Musa Daura, was to ensure that the two (2) big fishes (Wike & Amaechi) in the Rivers State politics reach a unanimous agreement to ensure that they both do everything possible within their powers to hold a peaceful and credible rerun election in the State.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the police, Donald Awunah, yesterday evening, he said;
“In a concerted effort to guarantee a violent-free and credible re-run senatorial/house of representative elections in Rivers state, a crucial meeting to chart the path to peace in Rivers state before, during and after the re-run elections in the state was held today, July 26, 2016 between the inspector-general of police, Ag IGP Ibrahim K. Idris and the director-general of Department of State Services, Musa Daura,” he said.
“The two major players in the politic of Rivers state, His Excellency Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state and the Hon minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi, were in attendance.
“The meeting deliberated on the overall need to have peaceful, free and fair election devoid of violence, which was the hallmark of the previous elections in the state.
“The governor, His Excellency Nyesom Wike and minister, Rotimi Amaechi resolved to be irrevocably commit to lasting peace and vouched to play the game by the rules in the forthcoming re-run elections in the state. They also agreed to prevail on their teaming supporters to adhere to their commitment to peace and security in the state.
“In addition, the two major stakeholders agreed to convene another meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, aimed at further solidifying the commitment to peace reached in the meeting, which is a prelude to the roadmap that will usher a permanent and lasting peace in Rivers state.
“The meeting was held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cordiality.”
A new date for the rerun election in the state is yet to be announce by INEC. However the electoral body assured “that it is ready to conclude elections in Rivers State within shortest time possible once security situation is conducive for the conduct of peaceful polls”.