Rivers Rerun: Voting Underway Amidst Tight-Security; Allegations and Counter by Political PartiesFeatured, Latest News, News, Politics Saturday, December 10th, 2016
By Seun Adebosin
RIVERS STATE (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The rescheduled Rivers State House and National Assembly elections are underway amidst tight security, allegations and counter allegations by the members of the two leading political parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic party (PDP).
Despite the smooth running of the polls in some units and wards, PDP early Saturday started allegation of clampdown on about 200 of his party’s leaders.
Among those the party claimed to have been arrested were the Gokana LG area Chairman and a serving Commissioner.
There was an altercation between the APC and PDP supporters in Unit 9, Ward 7 of Opobo/Nkoro LGA, where the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and former APC Governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside hails from. About three persons were allegedly injured in the scuffle.
Similarly, suspected political thugs stormed Unit 3, Ward 9 of Ogu/Bolo LGA and snatched ballot papers.
The development resulted to argument between the supporters and agents of the two political parties, which subsequently resulted to cancellation of voting at the unit by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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