Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the state is not celebrating Democracy Day for reason bordering on what he called the destructive antics of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The governor who spoke at a thanksgiving mass to mark the first anniversary of his administration at Our Lady of Holy Rosary of the Catholic Institute of West Africa, CIWA, in Port Harcourt on Sunday, alleged that INEC has perfected plans to allocate legislative seats in Rivers State instead of conducting the inconclusive rerun elections in the State.
“We will not celebrate democracy because INEC wants to determine who will represent Rivers State. After two months of cancellation of elections, so that it can allocate some seats to APC (All Progressives Congress) and others to PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) . Is that democracy?
“We beg INEC to hasten to conduct elections in the remaining seats. We want our representatives in the Senate, we want our representatives in the House of Representatives. We are not saying that INEC should allocate seats to us. We don’t want allocation, we want voting.
“We will not accept allocation of seats. We will only accept elections for the remaining seats.” [myad]