Paul Obiajunwo Port Harcourt
A group of lawyers under the aegis of Lawyer Network for Change has threatened to mobililize 5000 youths from Ikwerre and Emohua Local government areas against Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers State over the role played by their staff to manipulate electoral process in both LGAs.
The group gave three days ultimatum to Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State to make public the role of their staff in Emohua and Ikwerre Local government areas where it was allegedly reported that INEC staff were involved in electoral manipulation.
It would be recalled that the electoral officer in-change of Ikwerre and Emohua Federal Constituency was abducted which led to the shooting and killing that took place in the area. Dakuku Perterside Aide was shot and governor Wike’s Chief of Staff’s driver also killed.
Speaking with Journalists yesterday after the group’s emergency meeting in Port Harcourt, the leader of the association, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Dike said the youths have already being contacted to protest against the role of INEC staff in Emohua and Ikwerre Local government.
He alleged that they have evidence of what took place in the area and would show it to the public when it is necessary if INEC did not accept the responsibly of the sham election conducted in the both Local government before the expiration of the ultimatum.
Dike also criticized Wike’s commission of inquiry to investigate the killing that took place in the rerun election describing it as a means to divert attention of people of the state, adding that Wike has no moral fiber to investigate any killing in the rerun when he was the one who declared war against INEC staff in Rivers.
Dike said: “ We condemn in entirety all that took place during the said election in Ikwerre and Emohua Local government areas where INEC staff collaborated with hired thugs to write results, disrupted and violated the whole electoral process.
“Because of the level of violence and electoral malpractices that greeted the election in these Local Government Areas (Emohua and Ikwerre) we as lawyers have decided to protest against the INEC in Rivers State . We observed that the collation officers compromised and he must be made to face the law.
“Governor Wike has set a panel of inquiry to investigate the violence that greeted the rerun election. But all we are asking is that, can a man be a judge in his own case? It is a mockery that the man, who issued series of threats on electoral officers and ad-hoc staff, telling them to write their will, is now looking for killers.”