River State Not Celebrating Democracy Day Because INEC Destroyed Foundation Of Democracy

By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the state is not celebrating Democracy Day because  the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  has destroyed  the foundation  of  democracy  by plotting  to allocate legislative  seats in the state.

The governor  also declared that his administration  would   deliver  more pro-people  projects and programmes in his second year in office.

Speaking  during  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,  Wike said INEC  has perfected plans to allocate legislative  seats in Rivers State instead of  conducting  the  inconclusive  rerun  elections  in  the State.

His words: “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.”

On his first year in office,  Wike  said  despite the challenges  faced by his administration, he performed creditably , ensuring  that  that the people enjoyed the dividends  of democracy.

He said the successes already recorded would be surpassed  in his second  year  in office.

“This is one year, you have not seen anything  as far as development  is concerned.  In our second year, more development  will be witnessed across the state”, he said.

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