On Thursday morning, the Police barricaded the entrance to the Rivers State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Port Harcourt. This step was carried out by the Police following a protest by some of the members of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state who are threatening that there would be no election in the state unless INEC allows the party to field her candidates for the Saturday’s election.
Members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State have blocked the entrance of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office in Port Harcourt.
APC is the main opposition political party in Rivers State.
Thousands of party members blocked INEC office on Aba Road in Port Harcourt, around 8am, insisting that the electoral commission must obey the ruling of Court of Appeal and relist their candidates for Saturday’s election.
One of the protesters, Chike Worlu, who spoke to DAILY POST, said, “It can’t happen in Rivers State. How can there be election in Rivers State without the only party in the state. APC is the only party trusted by Rivers people and the Appeal Court judgement is binding on INEC to add our candidates in the ballot.
“We will not leave here until we get justice.”
As at press time, the aggrieved protesters are displaying placards with inscriptions such as: “No APC, no elections in Rivers State.”
Orji Ngofa, the APC candidate for Rivers Southeast Senatorial District, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to The Netherlands, led the protest.
Meanwhile, the police blockade prevented both INEC officials as well as the protesters from gaining access into the commission’s premises. The Supreme Court had upheld the the judgement as well as struck out an application by the APC seeking to compel INEC, to recognize all its candidates in the forthcoming elections in Rivers State. But the police, on sensing the protest, stormed the commission’s office on Aba road and cordoning off the office.
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