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Declare Awara Rivers Governor, Group Tells INEC

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A sociopolitical pressure group, the Coalition for Awara as Governor of Rivers State, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to immediately declare the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers State, Biokpomabo Festus Awara, as the winner of the March 9, 2019 Governorship election in the state.

This is as it faulted the alleged maligning of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police for providing security during the suspended Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

The group, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt, threatened to shut down oil and gas facilities in Kula community in Akuku-Toru local government area of the state, and the Niger Delta in general if INEC fails to declare Awara as the governor-elect.

The statement, which was signed by the Coordinator of the Coalition, Chief Ibiosiya Nath-Sukubo, faulted the decision of INEC to suspend the entire electoral process in the state, and called for the redeployment of the Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Obo Effanga.

It reads in part: “We the Coalition For Awara as Governor of Rivers State have been inundated by so much innuendos concerning the March 9th 2019 Gubernatorial, State Assembly and in some part National Assembly re-run elections.

“We write with great dismay, disillusionment and disappointment INEC in collusion with serving government abruptly suspended the electioneering process knowing fully well that results already collated and announced in most of the local government areas in Rivers State favours the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress Engr. Biokpomabo Awara.

“This has exercabated opprobrium. It is scurrilous and truculent to steal the mandate of the Rivers people or delaying the justice of releasing result of the election which the African Action Congress candidate is coasting to victory.

“It is a known fact that Rivers State is a conglomeration of ethnic nationalities and it is an aberration to the sensibility of the people that one particular ethnic group stay put in power for too long. Hence the desire of the All Progressives Congress under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi to field a candidate from the riverine in the 2015 election to strike a balance between the upland/riverine dichotomy.

“We were all witnesses to the destruction of lives and properties instigated by one with an accentuated hunger and virulent desire for power. It is on this flashpoint the military and the state security network beefed up professional mechanism to forestall such repeat occurrence this year and it is paying off  is the cause of the hues and cries of the present administration.

“We learnt individuals on military and police apparels were hired to cause mayhem to paint the Nigerian Military in bad light and disrepute.

When the judicial coupe de tat succeeded against the APC which do not have candidates on the ballot it was left with no option than to throw its weight on a party with similar objective and quality candidate.

“Destiny now fell on the young, vibrant AAC candidate Engr. Biokpomabo Awara, it was a sign of relief as Rivers people need a change to come out of this draconian leadership and injustice to bridge the gap where every segment of the state will have a sense of belonging in the running of the state. Of course the best governor in the old Rivers State was Alfred Diette Spiff at 27. We are sure young Awara will prove his mettle.

“We detest the maligning of the military and police who are professional in their duty. We detest the suspension of the election process and call for the release of result and declare Awara winner. If this is not done we shall shot down all all oil and gas facilities and operations in Kula and the Niger Delta to seek redress from the Federal government.

“We call for the removal or redeployment of the present REC Obo Efanga who is PDP member and bought over by the current government. He had exhibited great level of ineptitude.”

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