INEC Releases 10 Results,    Suspends Rivers Elections

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  • PDP wins eight state constituencies, one House seat, APC victorious in one constituency 
• Wike, Peterside’s security aides in shootout, one killed 
• Amaechi, governor clash over ‘abducted’ collation officer 
• Army explains arrest of SSG, police say four dead, 24 apprehended
 
By Ernest Chinwo, Segun James and Shola Oyeyipo in Port Harcourt  
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the results of nine state constituencies and one federal constituency in which rerun elections were held in Nigeria’s oil hub, Rivers State, on Saturday, but the commission was forced to suspend the electoral process in all other constituencies in the state where results were not announced due to the widespread violence that marred the elections.
However, based on the results released yesterday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) consolidated its control of the state by emerging victorious in eight of the nine state constituencies and one federal constituency seat, while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) won one state constituency seat.
But as results were announced, the state continued its descent to anarchy as the violent battle for control of the state was exacerbated  by the exchange of gunfire between security men in the convoys of the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and the Chief of Staff to the Rivers State governor, Mr. Emma Woke, in Port Harcourt yesterday, resulting in the death of Woke’s personal assistant. Sporadic shooting was also reported at the Abonema area in Akuku Toru Council, few kilometers to Port Harcourt, the state capital.
This came as Governor Nyesom Wike and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, squared off against each other at the Mile 1 Diobu police station over a collation officer, Mrs. Ekwi Adebisa, who was purportedly abducted Saturday night by the former governor in company of soldiers.
Confirming the outcome of the rerun polls, the Director of Voter Education Publicity of INEC, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, informed THISDAY that the results were released in nine state constituencies and one federal constituency in the state.
He said PDP won in eight of the state constituencies, while APC won one seat.
PDP, he said, also won one federal constituency but did not give the names of the state or federal constituencies in which results were declared.
Osaze-Uzzi also revealed that the release of further results were suspended due to reports of violence, attacks and even the deaths of INEC officials and ad hoc personnel in the state.
He said all INEC personnel were relocated to Abuja yesterday due to the escalation of violence in Rivers State.
Also in a statement yesterday, he said INEC conducted the polls in Rivers State pursuant to the orders of the Court of Appeal, but “rather unfortunately, some of these elections witnessed the disruption of the process, including the barricading of some of the INEC local government offices and Registration Area Centres (RACs) used for the distribution of electoral materials which led to the late commencement of the exercise in some places and consequently, its smooth take off.
“Of more serious concern was the level of threats, violence and intimidation of election officials and voters by well armed thugs and miscreants allegedly acting on behalf of some politicians, which marred the elections in some areas.
“There were reports of numerous attacks resulting in fatalities, kidnappings, ballot snatching, diversion of officials and materials, amongst others, which necessitated its suspension in 8 local government areas.
“Regrettably, such deviant behaviour has continued today (yesterday). Several permanent and ad hoc staff engaged by the commission have been attacked, again resulting in fatalities, while some have been forcibly abducted and taken to unknown destinations.
“Under such difficult circumstances, the Returning Officers were only able to collate and declare results in one federal and nine state constituencies where the disruption and malpractices were not so widespread.
“Having reviewed the situation, the commission is compelled to suspend all further action concerning the exercise in all the other constituencies in the state pending the receipt of a comprehensive report from its field officials and monitors.
“For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that the suspension does not affect the constituencies where the exercise has been completed and the results declared by the Returning Officers,” he said.
However, unconfirmed results obtained by THISDAY from the various collation centres for 11 state constituencies showed that PDP won 10 constituencies, namely: Akukutoru I (Major Jack), Omuma (Kelechi Wogu), Degema (Farah Dagogo), Ahoada East II (Edison Ehie), Ahoada East I (Martins Manna), Emohua (Sam Ogeh), Akukutoru II (Tonye Alalibo), Obio/Akpor I (Martin Amaewhule), Obio/Akpor II (Michael Chindah), Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (Christopher Ahiakwor).
The candidate of the APC won in the Opobo/Nkoro state constituency, while Betty Apiafi of the PDP won the Abua Odua/Ahoada East Constituency to the Federal House of Representatives.
Speaking on the shootout between the security detail attached to Woke and Peterside, which occurred yesterday evening at the UTC junction, Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt, Wike told journalists that Peterside, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election in the state, had gone to INEC Registration Area Centre (RAC) in Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government Area and allegedly snatched the election result sheets for the council.
According to Wike, Peterside, who was with his running mate, Honourable Asita and the APC state chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, were then pursued by Woke, who was the PDP agent for Ikwerre.
“The shooting happened because they were chasing them (Peterside and Asita) from Isiokpo,” Wike said.
He said when the security detail of Peterside saw that the PDP agent was still following them as they got to the junction leading to his (Peterside’s residence, they opened fire leading to the death of Woke’s aide.
But in his own account of the incident, Peterside said it was an attack on his life, adding that he was attacked by gunmen in two sports utility vehicles when he was on his way home from the Port Harcourt International Airport.
According to a statement he issued last night, “Two SUVs belonging to Emeka Woke, Nyesom Wike’s Chief of Staff, carrying two unknown gunmen trailed us to UTC Junction and opened fire on my car.
“Our car however did a detour to the DSS office gate where we drove to seek refuge, but the unknown gunmen opened fire again at the SSS men on guard.
“The exchange of fire between the DSS men and the assailants lasted for more than 30 minutes. This is a very ugly experience but I thank God that my colleagues and I escaped unhurt.
“Today’s experience is not only terrifying but also shows the parlous state of security in Rivers State. If I can be engaged openly by gunmen for nearly an hour in the heart of Port Harcourt, only God knows the fate that will befall members of our party and those sympathetic to our predicament.
“What is happening today in our dear state is not only horrible but also constitutes a serious national security risk.”
Before the shootout, however, Wike and Amaechi, squared off against each other at the Mile 1, Diobu police station in the state capital over a collation officer, Mrs. Adebisa, who was allegedly abducted by the minister, Saturday night.
The development, which led to the suspension of collation of results in the constituency, led to a standoff between the leaders of the PDP and APC yesterday.
Adebisa was allegedly taken to Novotel Hotel where the duo of Amaechi and Peterside and the acting Managing Director of NDDC, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, were lodged and results doctored.
The electoral officer was said to have been placed in protective custody by Amaechi and Dakuku.
However, when PDP leaders including Wike got wind of the fact that she had been placed in protective custody at the Mile 1 police station, they rushed to the station seeking an explanation.
Wike later alleged that Adebisa is the girlfriend of the APC candidate for the Port Harcourt Federal Constituency who framed her abduction alongside other APC leaders. He went further to claim that she had compromised the results placed in her care in favour of the APC.
When Wike and some other PDP leaders stormed the station, more than 400 soldiers arrived the station with Amaechi, Peterside and Semenitari and directed that Adebisa be released to them.
The former governor, Peterside, Semenitari and the AIG Zone 6, Calabar, Mr. Baba Adisa Bolanta, were said to have eventually left with her.
But reacting to the report, the Special Adviser (Media) to the acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NDDC, Bekee Anyalewechi said there was no iota of truth in the story that was peddled by the PDP-led Rivers State Government.
“We have received, with bemusement, the attempt by the Rivers State Government and its image managers to retell the facts of the incident of Sunday, March 20 which occurred at the Mile 1 Police Divisional headquarters in Port Harcourt when Rivers State governor, Ezebunwo Wike, in the company of a retinue of aides, invaded the police station and held the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer for Port Harcourt Ward 10, Mrs. Ekwi Adebisa, hostage.
“Whereas it is not in our style to join issues with any tier of government, it is imperative that we state the facts because of the need to safeguard our electoral process and strengthen the confidence of our people in their leaders.
“Mrs. Ekwi Adebisa, the Port Harcourt City Ward 10 Collation Officer, for the March 19 rerun legislative election in Rivers State, was moved by force to the police station. The result she had collated was separated from her.
“While at the police station, agents of the Rivers State Government, brought her under duress to write a statement that she had been abducted and made to falsify the ward result by agents of All Progressives Congress (APC).
“That they forced her to the police station and kept her under traumatic conditions was in itself criminal. But that they had forced the result she had lawfully collated out of her custody was more criminal,” Anyalewech said.
According to him, “Governor Wike had arrived the police station accompanied by Sen. George Sekibo, Mr. Austin Opara, Azubuike Nmerukini, as well as other aides of the governor.
“As a leader in APC, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), being in attendance at the meeting, was among those delegated to go and see what the actual development was.
“When Semenitari and others arrived the police facility, they confirmed the report. In conclusion, we state therefore, that it was shocking to read a statement issued by Mr. Simeon Nwakudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, linking Semenitari to facts contrary to the truth as stated here.”
Reacting to the performance of his political party, the PDP, Wike said the rerun elections in the state had shown clearly who is on the ground and is accepted by the people.
He said the rerun elections had proved that the control of INEC, the federal might, military, police and other security agencies cannot translate to electoral victories, as the people will always resist agents of rigging.
Wike blamed the military for the deaths recorded in Saturday’s election, alleging that the victims were killed by the military and not by politicians or residents of the state.
He also said most soldiers deployed for the elections were used by the APC leaders to hijack materials, illegally arrest PDP members and manipulate the process.
He said the people resisted the attempt by the military to subvert the electoral process.
He said the number of troops unleashed to intimidate and harass Rivers people was regrettable, even as they failed to tackle security challenges in the country.
In a related development, the Nigerian Army explained yesterday that it arrested the Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), Chief Kenneth Kobani, for allegedly disrupting the last Saturday’s rerun elections in the state.
This is as the Nigerian Police, Zone 6 Command, said a total of 24 persons were arrested from different parts of the state for various allegations of criminal and electoral offenses during the rerun elections.
The Commander, 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Stephenson Olabanji, who spoke to newsmen at the police headquarters in Port Harcourt yesterday, said: “Many people were arrested yesterday (Saturday) for disrupting the electoral process and the law is not meant for just the lower cadre alone. No matter who you are, if you go against the law, you will definitely face the music.
“So there is nothing like being the Secretary to the State Government, many people were arrested as you have been told. A lot of people were arrested.”
The army commander denied claims by the state government that some of its commissioners and other top officials were manhandled by men of the Nigerian Army during the rerun elections.
 He said: “If you say arrest, we can say yes, but there was nothing like manhandling. We are meant to protect civilians, not to manhandle them.”
In his remarks, the AIG in-charge of Zone 6 said those arrested during the rerun elections were currently undergoing interrogation at the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Port Harcourt.
“It is pertinent I let you know that we have 24 suspects comprising 22 males and 2 females in police custody, who were arrested from different parts of the state. They are presently undergoing interrogation on allegations of criminal or electoral offences or both,” Bolanta said.
Bolanta insisted that four deaths were recorded in the state during the polls, pointing out that two persons were killed at Buguma in Asari-Toru Local Government Area, while two others were killed at Nonwa-Tai, and Omuanwa communities in Tai and Ikwerre Local Government Areas, respectively.
He said: “I am startled this morning after seeing outrageous figure of deaths associated with the elections as dished out by the media. To put the records straight, four deaths were recorded with two in Buguma, while Nonwa-Tai and Omuanwa each recorded one.”
  • Gomez

    What was Amaechi doing with 400 soldiers? And what was Ebim and Dakuku doing in Inec collation centres? Were they inec adhoc staffs? Animals!

    • Asuk

      Big question. Shameful development.

    • share Idea

      APC e-mob will not see this your question. My gee, Amaechi from day one have been orchestrating violence in Rivers and was blaming it on GEJ’s security but now, he could no longer hide the truth even from his gullible followers as APC is now in control of the security.

    • parys

      Sometimes we read with our biases covering us. Where was it stated that Ibim and Dakuku were at an INEC collation centre? And it’s only an animal that will believe Amaechi had up to 400 soldiers. Please use ur brains like u went to school. 400 soldiers, there won’t be movement in Mile 1 for hours.

      By the way, the trio are party leaders and should be concerned when their mandates are about to be stolen. Likewise azubike merukini, Wike and co. Think of Nigeria in your comments. Don’t fuel war in rivers state.

      • Darlington

        APC and Amaechi should have conceded defeat by now, having failed to rig the election with all the security forces deployed from Abuja.

      • Oga, the article said he had 400 solidiers…didn’t you read it properly?

        • parys

          You certainly know that was an exaggeration. 400 soldiers would block the road for up to an hour. That’s a troop in Lorries. Tx

      • Butch

        If you’re not in Rivers state just read n pass… We voted overwhelmingly for pdp and so it stands. We’re simply tired of amaechi n his marauding gang. Apc is non existent in this clime. Ask any Rivers man whom he voted for. The truth is,amaechi’s irresponsibility finished off the already battered image of Apc here… Many of us didn’t vote Pdp because we loved the party, we voted Pdp because we’re tired of amaechi’s antics. He should stay in Abuja n allow us be. Better get a house in daura.

        • parys

          I m in rivers state, OBIO AKPOR to be precise. And I tell you we voted majorly for the APC candidate. However I can only speak for my unit, no need to quarrel bout this issue. All I hope is that we rivers people don’t forget in a hurry what WE have done to our selves, ALL IN THE NAME OF TWO IKWERRE BIGOTS!!!

          If Odili were humane, he would have settled this seed of discord right from when it was brewing, rather than chasing shadows when he was gunning for Vice President in 2007.

  • Asuk

    The problem with this elections is the resolve of APC to use the federal security apparatuses to subvert the will of the people. As can be seen in the declared results Pdp is highly likely to win most seats, but Apc wouldn’t let that happen. It is highly embarrassing for INEC to allow Ameachi to compromise the election. RIVERS PEOPLE MUST STAND BY THIER VOTE.

    • Efula

      The do or die in River state election is simple. APC lost governorship election and their strategy is simply to get majority in State House of Assembly in other to impreach Wike.

  • Darlington

    The elements of darkness has been defeated again in Rivers State. Light will always triumph over darkness. APC has lost Rivers for good. History will never be fair to Amaechi, Peterside for conniving with external forces to unleash mayhem on his people. Buhari is the worst president in Nigeria electoral history. INEC under Buhari has become an appendage of APC. Imagine INEC produce fake result sheets? The blood of innocent killed in this election will continue to hurt Amaechi, Peterside and this blood sucking President Buhari.

    • Asuk

      Nigerians must resist this ugly development now, otherwise 2019 will be terrible.

  • Troy

    Nigerians must all raise their voices and condemn the desperation of Amaechi and Dakuku . The Blood of everyone murdered as a result of their desperation will forever haunt Amaechi and Dakuku. Nigerians must speak up against APC and the failure of Buhari and INEC to hold credible elections. This is utter madness!

    • FC

      Thank you…..

    • Charles Coteen

      U must be an idiot if ur reasoning is that low. When u metted out the Same to Amaechi in 2015 what was ur opinion?

      • Troy

        You are so quick to resort to insults instead of sound argument!! It shows who you are and how you reason. I won’t descend into the gutter you.. … so so unnecessary!

      • Efula

        You are the most stipid idot. Is Amaechi Returning Officer or INEC Chairman. Which party does he want to play in the election than to make trouble and kill innocent people. Amaechi is a motor park tout.

        • Ade Whenu

          Please no need for insults! If you have an opposing view, express it. It is mindsets like yours that has resulted in the death of those poor souls. Civilised people allow opposing views to be expressed without fear of being insulted, attacked or worst still killed.

      • Charles Coteen

        With ur present governor u will never have peace in that state. The man is a killer and many innocent souls are crying for vengeance already. He never gave amaechi peace and he will never get one.

        • Chisom Stanley Nnodimele

          Why is the desperation on Wike to be Governor?

      • Chisom Stanley Nnodimele

        In a civilized society where true democracy is obtained, people are meant to listen to other peoples views and opinions. We learn every day..

      • Ade Whenu

        What is the need for the insult? If you have an opposing view, express it. It is mindsets like yours that has resulted in the death of those poor souls. Civilised people allow opposing views to be expressed without fear of being insulted, attacked or worst still killed.

        • Efula

          If you considered insult to be bad. You would have started it. I insulted you because you started it. You should contradict what you preach.

          • Ade Whenu

            Efula I will suggest you check comments before replying as you replied to someone else. I am simply advising you not to insult and just make your point.

    • Chisom Stanley Nnodimele

      Listen to yourself! those people that were killed and murdered by “Wikes” thugs, do they not have blood flooding in there veins? History is the story of past events. And my people die for lack of knowledge.Why is Wike so desperate to be Governor of River state at all cost? And by the way why is he feeding the people so much lies! As the chief security officer of the state, he controls all apparatus.
      .

      • Darlington

        When did State Governors starts controlling all security apparatus in the states? You’re the one feeding yourself with lies and fallacies here. Amaechi and Peterside will surely pay for all this bloodbath in Rivers. Buhari is a monumental failure. APC will never take Rivers State, even in our next world.

        • Chisom Stanley Nnodimele

          Thanks for that reply. Trace back your history from Mrs goodluck taking away the microphone from “Amaechi”, to your recent Governor making an utterance publicly that he must be Governor of River state at all cost come rain or sunshine. Does wanting to be Governor reflex not valuing peoples bloods? We are having a civilized debate and i will be happy to take you on this subject.

          • omo

            Since you have a sense of history, please “trace” back to 2010/2011. Do you know what Amaechi did to all those that came up to oppose his government? Ask Abiye Sekibo or Celestine Omehia. Amaechi has never liked any form of opposition to his authority. He used the police to harass anyone that was trying to stand in his path. He revoked CofOs of buildings that the opposition were using to meet.

            Amaechi is the devil himself.

          • parys

            Not true. My CofO was revoked… I wasn’t opposing Amaechi…not like I supported him… But if I was true to myself, I only got that Cof O cos I worked in Government house and knew what buttons to press then.

          • omo

            Are you the owner of the property in D-line that Amaechi revoked its CofO because it was the building was used as a meeting ground for those that were opposing him? Before revoking the CofO, he used the police to arrest some people that were having a meeting and charged them for illegal congregation.

            But I guess u don’t even know history, u only know history according to Amaechi.

          • parys

            you asserted that Amaechi revoked Cof O of ANYONE trying to stand in his path. I just told u mine was revoked, but I wasn’t standing in his path. So therefore, there must have been something wrong somewhere which I agree for mine, was the “illegal” way I got mine.

            By the way, I hope you also blamed Odili for blocking rights ow way in GRA, leaving Murella Bridge pending, etc simply cos he was at loggerheads with people who owned commercial properties or residents around those areas.

            However, this is not a righteous/blame game. It’s for us to trace our steps back to where we missed it.

          • Factsay

            Ur Cof O in ur village inheritance u meant, right?
            B like say u and mohammed liar went to same training lesson

          • parys

            You’re one of the So many babies with poor home training full the cyberspace and it’s not difficult for you to show ur self. You can’t make a conversation without being abusive. Village inheritance indeed. Next time, try to make sense. And that you don’t believe something doesn’t make it untrue. Learn that.

          • Eziokwubundu

            You people have not seen anything yet. Remember the abandoned property saga. Do you think that God is sleeping. Until all property seized from Igbos are returned, Rivers State will continue to bicker.

          • parys

            Some people have forgotten that part of history.

          • Country Man

            Bros, stop being naïve and deluded. As I said before, Amaechi + Federal Might + Ecowas forces WILL NEVER WIN IN RIVERS.
            A day will surely come when Amaechi & Dakuku will account for the blood they have spilled in Rivers State because of their desperation.

          • Mickey

            When a foolish child refuses to listen to his elders, he soon finds himself in a pit. Okrika and Ikwere have been at each other’s neck for like ever. He didn’t use wisdom in tackling that issue. You will soon see the downfall of Amaechi. Just give BUHARI another 6 months and he will distance himself from the evil man

      • Felix Udoh

        Wike is not the desperate one to be Governor. He is already Governor.

        • Chisom Stanley Nnodimele

          If he is not desperate to be one, then why is all these troubles being Fermented? Without a majority in the house of Assembly, will he be able to past any bill? . See why he is causing all the Havocs .

          • des

            Ur argument itself lagging… were are u from if i may ask? something is making u talk trashy.. they’ve paid u for 3 major newspaper forums abi? Verysorry 4 ur lineage.. are u even alive? Do u support to a point of stupidity? How poor can u be? I know poverty can make u do alot of things, but wen it make u do this.!? Its more than rechedness

          • ZINNI

            cHISOM IS SLAVE FROM HIS DIED RAM STATEMENTS

          • Tony

            You must be the greatest idiot of all time even the most foolish person will know where the violence is coming from if this were to be in Kano I will just tell you off hand that PDP is the party trying to rig the election but this is Rivers state and where the army just killed many of their of people lest week and a big fool like you still expect them to vote for the government that is doing this to them, if these killings happened to your people will you still be voting for the party that is responsible for it.

          • Felix Udoh

            Every one here who has a semblance of sense left knows that Ameachi is the desperate one. He has no clout and is only trying to prove to the certificateless one that he is popular and on ground in Rivers State. Sadly, Ameachi is so unpopular, besides the fact that he has more money than sense. Here is a man who could not even install a successor as a sitting Governor. If Wike could beat him from the streets, how can he possible defeat Wike as a sitting Governor? Ameachi is just noise and puff puff.

        • wso

          Don’t you know that any party that controls the state assembly determines the survival of the governor wike?Ask,Fayose of Ekiti state he almost his seat again to APC controlled house before may 29,2016.

          Wake up,should APC have majority in house of assembly,impeaching wike will be fate accomplished and that is why you see this do or die desperate approach to this rerun.

          Courtesy of supreme court invalidation of card reader.

          • Felix Udoh

            I am sorry to burst your bubble but it will never happen. PDP has 12 members who’s mandate is still valid and they have already won another 10 seat in a 32 member house. Like it or not, Wike is here to stay. PDP already has 22 seats in the house as it stands.

          • wso

            Can you just listen to yourself again?They just won another 10,imagine if the already cleared 10 had gone to APC.Wike would have been panting for breathe.Your response has not invalidated anything.

      • Butch

        Whoever wastes his/her time arguing with you needs a thorough psychiatric evaluation… Because of party sentiments you play politics with the precious lives of people? Who is moving around with over 400 army men not including sars, DSS… Who is going from collation center to collation center brutalizing people and carting away result sheets? Was it Wike? Which party lost agents in Gokhana, Tai, Buguma, Abbonema just to mention a few, was it apc? Pdp did lose party faithfuls n Rivers state us yet to count on the side of Apc.

      • American

        Chisom, you are right on track. Don’t worry about the lies and sentiments peddled by those illiterate ignorant ones.

      • ifeanyi

        Stop paying politics with peoples life. Stop supporting Amechi for this blood loose crusade in Rivers. Wike is the Chief security officer of Rivers and should be accorded this regards so that he can be questioned or be given full account of events if there happens to be any breakdown of law in Rivers. Amechi cannot be the ALPHA/OMEGA in Nigerian Transport system and also impose himself as the same in Rivers. If he wants to be the chief security officer of Rivers, he should wait for next gubernetorial election by 2019 but should allow Wike to take care of Rivers. During the time of Amechi, none caused him this level of anarchy he is causing in Rivers.

        • American

          no way. Do you forget that wike was the chief security officer in Rivers state when Amaechi was governor ?

      • Asuk

        Wike is a governor by the popular will of the people not by desperation. The one who has not hidden his desperation to stop the will of the people concerning Wike is Ameachi. Tried to stop his swearing in it never worked, tried the tribunal and the courts, the apex court stopped him. Now his last desperation is to CAPTURE the legislative reruns using federal might. He will surely fail again by the will of the people and the grace of God.

      • Toby

        Wike is already the governor. He is not desperate. What are you talking about?

        • musa aliyu

          How did your wiked became governor? Was it not through desperation that he bribed his way @the Supreme Court? Did he not openly confessed @his “thanks giving “? The die is still not cast. Wait for the next phase of the drama. Enjoy.

          • ECOMOG

            we don’t normally respond to awusa people because most of them are demented.
            but i have to take the pain to tell you that your god Buhari, has only changed nigeria from bad to worse

      • VERA

        On the contrary, Amechi is desperate to regain control of Rivers State so that the probe of his loot will die a natural death. Opposition in Rivers State is a big threat to Amechi and by extension BUhari and APC that plundered Rivers State to fund their presidential campaign in 2015. It has been alleged that PDP used Dasuki, but no one wants the truth that APC used Amechi to come to light.

      • ZINNI

        You are a slave

      • tadi

        So your logic is that as Wike’s thugs supposedly killed people, there is no basis to condemn Amaechi and Dakuku’s desperation and use of thugs to kill abi? Na wa o! I thought those of you who voted for CHANGE voted for a change from bad to good. We didn’t know it was CHANGE “of those who have not been privileged to grab power at the center to try their inexperience” CHANGE FROM BAD to WORSE as we are currently experiencing in Nigeria Today. T If INEC cannot conduct elections in one state, what would happen with national elections?

      • Mickey

        Look at this idiot. Wike is already gov and Amaechi/Dakuku have been rejected by Rivers people over and over again

        • American

          same way jonathan was rejected by nigerians.

          • Mickey

            Exactly. And he didn’t fight dirty like the idiot Amaechi that has promised to make Rivers ungovernable till he allowed to have a part of it.
            Anyway not surprised, his master BUHARI used same approach.

        • American

          Ok. You believe the idiot jonathan, his illiterate wife and wiked didn’t fight dirty. What will you call the snatching of microphone from Hon Amaechi in public when he was talking. What will you call the barricade at the entrance to govt house by Jonathan’s police and army ? What will you call the grounding of Minister Amaechis plane at different times in different places ? Get back to me.

          • Mickey

            What exactly is your point cos u are just spinning around. American or whatever u call yourself, do u really know what started the problem. Though I never supported what the first lady did but somehow he deserved it.
            Now did GEJ at anytime try to force himself on u? Do u think Rivers people really like Wike? We are just disgusted by the site of Ameachi and will take anything else in his place. He should go and rest. Woke won him in his ward

      • Elenugboro

        Liar liar liar . You’re such a pathological liar even your punctuations are lies.

    • Okafor

      Peterside in his own words said he was returning home from PH International Airport. He did not say what he went to the airport to do. The airport is very close to Isiokpo where he was accused of snatching the result sheet. For God’s sake Peterside is from Opobo/Nkoro LGA which is far from Isiokpo, the HQ of Ikwerre LGA. Let him tell the world what he went to do at the airport. He and his team were escorted by a team army, police and DSS operatives. Is he as a newly appointed DG entitled to such security? Another question that requires answers.
      As for Akanya the APC chairman Rivers he should tell the world why he was wearing the baseball cap as the controversial INEC collation officer. In the photo I saw the lady wore the same cap to cover her face.

  • Teeeee

    So the election results written by APC that have been circulated since Saturday was a fraud.
    May God help us

  • Abidilagungun

    Compared to Buhari and APC Jonathan is a saint; he never did anything like we have seen under the current INEC leadership.. Shame!

    • parys

      Nah! 2015 election in Rivers state was same thing. Only difference was that only one party PDP majorly had/was in control of, the military, the army, the dss, the police, the cultists, etc. And even after the violence, a bias returning officer released results immediately instead of cancelling areas marred by violence, according to the Electoral Act. Perhaps, violence only means when BOTH parties fight, NOT when one bullies the other.

      • tosinben

        you are on point. I watched how helpless dakuku peterside was during the last election on channels TV. Now power has change hand, it is time for season 2. I wonder how people forget what happened in rivers state during last election so easily

  • U. K. Charles

    Amechi and his acolytes are the problems of Rivers State today. Since cross carpeting to the APC and using Rivers funds to sponsor Buhari’s campaign in 2015, to the anger of his people who viewed Amechi as the betrayer of their brother, former President Jonathan, the state has been degenerating from bad to worse.

    Rivers people still see Amechi as the catalyst who helped to truncate Jonathan’s bid for a second term. In spite of the fact that Jonathan willingly accepted defeat in the last election, Rivers people still owe loyalty to their brother Jonathan and his party, POP. No doubt, 99% of Rivers people consider Amechi a traitor and betrayer which he is.

    Amechi should know that Rivers people are unarguably PDP.

    • Felix Udoh

      Apt. There is nothing to add.

  • owhonda

    This is obviously a PDP owned newspaper. This is not the true situation on ground.

    • Ichele Aki

      What is the true situation on ground? That PDP did not win ten out of eleven? You must write something? Abi?

    • Darlington

      Who owes Saharareporters, Punch, Premiumtimes, Nation? Dude. APC has no place in Rivers State. Amaechi should lick his wounds.

    • Asuk

      Frustration.

  • Charles Coteen

    I pray state of emergency declared in Rivers state in order to demilitarize the state before a credible election can be conducted. Before election apc members were intimidated and killed and no room for campaign. Again on election day pdp members received their own dose of intimidation. Rivers can hardly have peace and development if they continually wrestle with federal govt all the time. Rivers should take a cue from Lagos in their interest

    • Ebubedike60

      Just pause and go through what you wrote again. What in the world compelled you to write this. It’s obvious you know nothing about Democratic norms. If you have nothing to contribute on this issue; shut up!!

  • otomololu

    The shame of a nation. Desperate politicians trading off the life and destinie s of the people they claim they want to govern.

  • Darlynstar

    So Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside forcefully took result sheets from INEC collating officer then attempted to escape with it ….the man is an idiot without brain, he should have stoop to fight not run to DSS office for help….those boys with guns that chased him were defending their votes ….anyone that attempts to steal or manipulate votes in rivers should be judged by the voters immediately

    • parys

      So you stooped so low to believe just one news u read from someone other than a withness… You must be an idiot; a disgrace to the lovely ones who sent u to school.

      • Darlington

        But you hypocritically believed the ones published by Saharareporters and Premiumtimes?

        • parys

          Did I show u that I believed Saharareporters and Premiumtimes? I’m a media practitioner; I know when to believe what… Not everything you see in NIGERIAN papers, and now, the social media, is to be taken in its entirety. Sometimes even when you were a witness to the same story, you will be shocked when you read it in the papers. But you should Question it, either within yourself or otherwise. It’s called critical reasoning. Cheers.

      • Darlynstar

        Do don run enter market like your papa

        • parys

          If you see a gun, can you use it? The person should be shot by who? Your sibling or another person’s child?

          • Darlynstar

            Go touch electoral paper for rivers state then you go understand….who do anyhow go see anyhow ….who misbehave go mis-recieve for niger delta

    • Chisom Stanley Nnodimele

      Don,t rush into that conclusion so fast. A lot of us are seeing lies fight left straight and center. We are seeing two people making accusations, and not until we are able to be clarified then will we know who is saying the truth.

  • Ludwig Ezeruo Okoro

    I thought these people were contesting elections to serve their people???????? Obviously there’s a war going on….and the spoil of war? You and I…..plus our common resources!!!! Corruption starts from the electoral process! If truth must be told; the whole election should be cancelled; all the present contestants banned from contesting ANY further elections in Nigeria for life….All the parties involved should go back for fresh primaries. This is utter DISGRACE to us all as a people. We ought to cover our faces in shame!

  • Christian Dike

    To conduct election in just one state has become impossible for INEC and this ADMINISTRATION, starting from KOGI. mhhhhh? what incompetence, desperation and change!.The last time i checked the one they labelled ”clueless” conducted several elections and even a general elections throughout the entire country with no loss of live or violence. HABA!, God help Nigeria.

    • parys

      It’s not about INECs inability to conduct elections… It’s about the state’s inability to be cord instead. And that has nothing to do with INEC, but to a great extent, the state of internal security. Therefore, the state’s CSOs should be faulted.

      • ChRIS D

        I beg to disagree. The state apparatus for security is not under the control of the state government. Lets call a spade a spade and put the blame where it ought to be, that’s on the federal govt led by Buhari. Was there violence in kogi where it was declared inconclusive?

    • tinubuthief

      My brother, all this things about Buhari were foretold, but we ignored the warning. God will deliver us from the Fuluni Jihadist warlord and his destruction Army.

  • nomanisGod

    Amechi, dakuku, NDDC acting chair, and APC are all myopic in their reasoning, I am here in Rivers and the people here are for PDP, but amechi and his blood sucking agents believe in using federal might to win this rerun… who knows him should tell him and his agent that there is no need to fight cause they will fail woefully. PDP is not a saint either but we prefer PDP rather than APC.

  • Fula

    WIKE & AMAECHI PLEASE LET PEACE REIGN IN RIVERS STATE. ELECTION IS NOT GOVERNANCE.

    • parys

      Simple. Thank you very much.

  • truth

    No sane person in Rivers state will vote APC. It is that simple.

    • Ade Whenu

      Well the choice of which party to vote for is a personal decision and not a depiction of someone’s mental state. Our constitution accords us that right!

    • parys

      Not true. It’s not about Party… Candidates matter. Don’t give people warlords as representatives and ask them to vote, then you say that’s sanity. Hmmmm

  • nomanisGod

    Amechi should go to his ministry and make sure we have good roads in the country, he should liase with federal government for making road, air and sea worthy for the users. his desperation is not going to help him in Rivers. He is a betrayal of rivers people

  • Chisom Stanley Nnodimele

    An example of what the bible said about women being good and being bad, is in Mrs Patience Goodluck Jonathan. She is the founder, for mentor and architect of all what is happening now in River State. Am very sure by now she will be having a restless morning afternoon and night sleeps. Don,t let anything you have control you. Power comes and goes, but do to others as you will want them do to you. If you believe in one Nigeria as always said, You should and must be your brothers keeper by loving your Neighbour as you love yourself.

  • Toughie Man

    Rivers State war theater. Field Commander Nyesom Wike Commanding officer PDP, and Chibuike Amaechi, Commanding Officer APC. These are the current militant leaders in Rivers State. One with the support of the military might from the federal government and the other with the support of the indigenes are at war. Amaechi tactics including kidnapping of electoral officers, distribution of fake military uniforms to thugs and equipping them as military officers. He has the semblance of a full blown terrorist. Wike is not well equipped now but rely on sheer luck to succeed.

  • Felix Udoh

    The Niger-Delta traitor has been defeated again. He will always be defeated again and again.

    • Ade Whenu

      It is utterances like yours that has contributed to your region and people being marginalised. Niger Delta traitor! As if Niger Delta is not part of Nigeria.

      • Felix Udoh

        I am the devil that you know. I am one of the few who is voicing out his sentiments. Ameachi might just be mobbed and killed if he attempts to walk on the streets of any state capital in the Niger-Delta without police protection. As sad as this may seem, that is the truth.

  • Debaptist

    If our leaders value the lives of Nigerians they should do something immediately to neutralise all those presently killing and causing innocent people to be killed in Rivers State. I strongly recommend that a state of emergency be declared in this state. INEC can’t continue holding elections when basic security can’t be provided. Enough is enough! Since Rivers state people don’t seem to know what to do to those killing them, Nigerians should come to their rescue and demand an immediate end to all these senseless killings.

    • Butch

      My brother can you please be truthful to yourself and shut the hell up… Declare state of emergency on what grounds? That amaechi decided to use military to cause havoc in our peaceful state? Apart the ekection violence caused by your brother amaechi have you heard of civil disturbance in this state? Make Una face Una north n allow us live here in peace, not the pieces you people planned for us, it won’t work… Today is not 1984

      • Debaptist

        Peace indeed. We try as much as possible to point accusing fingers at someone and go on to try to justify what is unjustifiable. Can you in all honesty declare that it’s only Amaechi that is responsible for all the killings before and after the last election in Rivers State? Can you with a clear conscience tell the world that the last election would have been more peaceful without the soldiers? Do you in all honesty believe that the present leadership of the state has what it takes to create the right atmosphere for every citizen of the state to go about his /her daily life without fear no matter the political party he/she supports? If I were in government what I have said would have been My position and I will push it to the best of my ability. Enough of the senseless killings in Rivers State.

        • Country Man

          We already know the game plan….
          Having failed woefully on all fronts previously now this…
          We only wonder how many more intrigues are in the offing.
          But our resolve is simple WE DONT WANT APC & AMAECHI

  • Butch

    And with the multitude of videos online that clearly showed amaechi, dakuku n ibim with their military men leaving with adebisa, this idiat is here to insult our sensibilities as Rivers people by saying they never left with her? Gosh!!! See what this blood thirsty cows have turned Nigeria into… See what this devilish party has turned sensible people into. What a world.

  • ifeanyi

    The blood of the these innocent people wasted in Rivers will hunt Amechi forever..Amechi has turned himself to the chief security officer of River State and he is now commanding the Police and Military because Buhari has made him the god of Rivers people. I pity as many as that support Amechi in this mayhem. When has the ministerial portfolio turns oine to the decision maker of the state. If there is any breakdown of laws in Rivers, Wike should be accounted for ot as the Chief security officer why then is Amechi trying to highjack the post of Wike from him? AMECHI has realy gone mad.

  • Mr. A

    What were they doing on the road on election day when it is clear that all vehicular movements were restricted?

    • parys

      It happened on Sunday, A DAY AFTER ELECTIONS. Tx

  • chukwu michael

    So Amechi as a Minister can still engage in fighting? This Peter Side is a misfit. Well, glad for the result so far. Rivers Oil will never fall into the hands of Fulanis as Amechi is desperately plotting it.

  • 2012Nic_2000

    Let’s for once be frank over what happened in Rivers over the weekend. Arrogant use of federal might was displayed by Amaechi as can be seen by all displayed at mile1 police station which he invaded with over 400 armed soldiers. The truth about political situation in Rivers is that Amechi is not the political force he wants PMB to believe that he is and should go back to Abuja and allow peace to reign in Rivers. Upon his decampment to APC, NO state in core south-south followed him to APC and that can tell PMB and APC that he is only a political colossus on the foot of clay in South-south. During the last governorship election in Rivers, he also proved to APC and PMB that he is a political neophant, by losing to Wike both at the pool, tribunal and the courts. Judging from the results so far released from the Re-run by INEC, he has also lost to Wike. From Above analysis, it can be deduced that Amachi’s desperation to control political power in Rivers so as to prove that he is a strong political force is what is causing crisis in Rivers . Amachi’s use of federal might and application of brutal force in Rivers in order to regain political base and remain relevant in APC is the cause of crisis in Rivers. When Amechi lost to wike both at the tribunal and the courts, he should have known that the game was over knowing fully well that wike was part of Rivers political power since 1999 and having won as a governor, it is impossible for Amaechi with Abuja force to defeat him.

  • BIODUN

    Wike is unruly, if peterside want to snatch result sheet as he claimed, and you identify the person in question, me think it will be appropriate to arrest, vidoe them intead shooting that them, if you don’t have sinister thought. Wike promised to kill before the election and he is truly carrying out his threat. If APC is desperate to win this election, 100 wike with his thug can’t stop them, because of federal support. we still remember 2015 election action film by wike PDP, Patient Jonathan.

  • Cjay bryan

    it is indeed laughable with some of the arguments being peddled around here. These politicians take us for fools. Between Wike and Amaechi cant tell who is lying but what I know going by the statement of APC official on the INEC agent that was allegedly adopted “That they forced her to the police station and kept her under traumatic conditions was in itself criminal. But that they had forced the result she had lawfully collated out of her custody was more criminal,” and this statement “Governor Wike had arrived the police station accompanied by Sen. George Sekibo, Mr. Austin Opara, Azubuike Nmerukini, as well as other aides of the governor.” is very contradictory. I believe if PDP actually held this lady, the probabaly would not take her to the Police station ( a Federal Government establishment) to force a confession, neither would Wike the PDP leader in the state be visiting the same station the PDP held her to try to have access and finally going by the video that went viral. Amaechi, Peterside, Semenitari and the APC chairman would not have gone to the station with over 400 Nigerian soldiers to ask for her to be released to them, even the APC chairman gave her his cap to cover her face. Lets tell ourselves the truth for once.

  • afroblacco

    It is clear by all indications that Rivers, like most of the Niger Delta is a PDP state !

    Both Amaechi and Peterside have been compensated with ” juicy” posts in Abuja for their treachery of turning against the PDP in the state.

    What more do they want ?

    These elections can be repeated again and again in Rivers and the outcome would remain the same.

    Why fan the embers of discord and violence?

    Both Amaechi and Peterside need to know and understand , that all Buhari’s actions and utterances towards the region have been percieved as negative and wicked.

    Thereby , Rivers and Niger Delta people at large , deeply resent both men for trying to give the same evil Buhari a toe hold in Rivers!

    No past Rivers governors disturbed Amaechi in this manner when he was governor , he should sit there in Abuja and concentrate on his new job!

    Let Wike get on with the job at hand!

    Jonathan is godly compared to these vain black hearted swines!

  • tinubuthief

    SHAME ON BUHARI, SHAME ON APC, so this is the party that will conduct the country General election in 2019? SHAME ON THE YORUBA hypocrites foe alligning themselves with those weak brains to draw the country backward

  • bela

    ameachi how market na? how was d clubbing? u should hide ur face in shame…

  • 247piper

    The blood of those slain will always be on the hands of desperate amaechi and his few deluded followers who cannot even win a ward by free and fair election in Rivers election. . Amaechi knows this truth but keeps deceiving Abuja about his popularity. I pity Buhari who gets stained by amaechi’s actions.

  • ZINNI

    The numbers of Army deployed to Rivers,Portharcourth out numbered the total number of registered voters in Rivers state,what an irony that Amaechi`s inordinate ambition has brought untold hardship on Rivers peace loving people,Buhari and APC is this democracy?,rule of law,fairness? Buhari,Amaechi are playing with fire,Niger Delta region is watching and waiting for this Fulani/APC Yoruba`s game plans to colonized and Islamized and harvest from the womb of this region,shall fail and back fire very soon.Wike will resist every military and Amaechi/Buhari`s wicked ambitions,this Amaechi is another Akintola of the western region.

  • Hyginus Nnadi

    It is rather unfortunate that our democracy should witness such degeneration, the show of shame and bloodletting in Rivers state is a proof that the APC is an evil that has befallen Nigeria, even as evil as some people believed Abacha was, such impunity and recklessness by federal officials were never witnessed during his regime, how can the federal security agents attached to Dakaku Peterside turn thier guns against innocent citizens of Rivers state on the pretense of protecting their principal, and just because APC is desperate to capture Rivers state, never in the history of Nigerian democracy since 1999 have we witnessed such culture of violence in the pursuit of electoral mandate as has been displayed by the APC, especially whenever there is any election process in a non APC state, must electoral victory be a do or die affair ? Why is the president saying nothing about the wanton and mindless killings and destruction that his party members are committing in Rivers state ? is Rotimi Amaechi and Dakaku Peterside above the law of Nigeria ? who authorized Amaechi to become a brigade commander of 400 Nigerian soldiers with which he is terrorizing and killing the people of Rivers state ? During the Jonathan’s administration such brazen killings never occurred and elections to political offices were never a do or die affair, Jonathan was always the first to congratulate the opposition candidates whenever they won why is Buhari an opposite ? The security agents who committed the killings in Rivers state including that of the personal assistant to Emeka Nwoke, the Chief of staff to Governor Nyesom Wike, according to the statement by Dakaku Peterside, he confirmed that he and his murderous security details were aware that the SUVs coming behind was that of Emeka Nwoke yet he instructed his security to shoot at them or what made him believe that they were after his life ? or that they were armed ? Dakaku peterside and his co-murderers must be made to account for their crime or this will be regarded as a federal instigated murder.

  • Toby

    Shame on Ameachi. He should be busy fixing our roads, railways, airports and sea ports but he is here busy scrambling and struggling for house seats on behalf of people he will later fall out with. Shameless minister.

  • UmuOmoAlhaji

    Death is Death and no two ways about it. Human life is sacrosaanct and should be respected no matter how small you feel the person is.
    Army should not have any business with the civilian activities.
    Army should go and uproot boko haram and not peace loving people of Rivers State.

  • musa aliyu

    If only these guys will know that human life is more sacrosanct than becoming the president, they would simply have allowed the people vote for whom they want. Kill, kill, kill. Haba!

    • Message66

      Please dont just go there about the value of human lives. We know how your people have been killing Christians since 1945. We know how you killed 2000 christians, southern youth corpers and Igbos in the north in 2011 all because Buhari lost elections. Please keep quiet, lets not fall into this discussion.

      • musa aliyu

        So because some barbarians killed others that gives you the audacity to kill? What are you then? Give yoursekf a name

        • Message66

          Certainly doesnt give others the permission to kill. Life is sacred. But please please dont come here telling us few barbarians. You sure know the role Lamido Sanusi played during the beheading of Gideon Akaluka. I have a list of killings orchestrated by northerners since the 1980s with over 10,000 mainly southern Christian lives wasted by you people, and these were before boko haram. Now tell me again, this is the work of “some barbarians”?

          • musa aliyu

            One life killed in cold blood is as gruesome as millions killed in a pogrom. You still haven’t debunked the hypotheses : what is wrong is wrong, and two wrongs can never make a right. Again this must stop for society to progress. Giving examples here shows the grouse you harbor for one that rung the death knell of your sponsor. Killing a soul because you want an office is wrong, and will forever be, no matter who did it and where it is done. I have spoken.

          • Message66

            The death knell of my sponsor you say. You are very funny. And who might my sponsor be? You see why we see things differently in this country? 14 people were killed in Rivers, that was really bad but I’m saying over 10,00 people have been killed by your brothers and sisters and you have the audacity to mention “my sponsors” Are you people that miserable and insensitive?, still talking about the civil war in 2016.

          • Message66

            Where were you and your president when over 500 people were killed by your agents? Till today, the man supposed to be the father of the nation, kept quiet when his marauders were busy extinguishing the lives of citizens who voted him into power but was quick to condemn the killings in Ivory Coast?

  • Boniface Nnajiofor

    What Amaechi and Peterside are fighting for is for APC to retain majority seats in the house of assembly so that they could make governance very hard for Wike and eventual impeachment, that is the reason of this anarchy and blood shed

  • agbobu

    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST IMMEDIATELY DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE WHLE OF THE STATE, SUSUPED THE GOVENMENT OF IVERS STATE AND HAND OVER THE DAY TO DAY RUNNING OF THE GOVERNMENT OF RIVERS STATE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENSENTATIVES. ALL THESE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST DO WITHOUT ANY FUTHER DALAY, IF WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE END OF OUR MUCH FOUGHT FOR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. I WARN ALLOWING THIS RECKLESS IMPUNITY TO GO UNCHALLENGED WILL SPELL DOOM AND DISASTER

  • remi

    The will of the people of River state had been tested and it victory to the people. Congratulations! The Amaechi and the likes should be told that, Federal might can not deter people from having their way.

  • gerrad

    its totally clear to everybody that we are dealing with Bokoharam led government at the head of this unlawful country. i pity Ameche by being the instrument which these Hausa/fulani Bokoram are use to attacked the SS/SSE. ALTHOUGH TIME SHALL TELL, BECAUSE ISLAM CANNOT AND WILL NEVER ENTER HERE.

  • 2012Nic_2000

    June 12 is replaying itself again in Rivers re-run. Please tell our dear INEC that suspending resulting midway after announcing some is a sign of corruption and PMB should watch it and stop this arrogant use of federal might to subvert the will of the masses. It should be obvious to Amaechi and APC that Rivers is not for APC. Amechi decamped to APC , no core Niger Delta state; not even his own Rivers went with him. During the governorship election in Rivers, PDP won both at the pool, tribunal and courts .Common reasoning should have informed him that winning the state constituency re-run will be an uphill task as released results has shown. He is a mere political colossus with foot of clay in Rivers and Niger delta and not what he wants PMB and APC to believe that he is. He should please allow peace to reign in Rivers.

  • gerrad

    why is this-day newspapers deleting my contributions? i think here is a free contributing outlets of opinion.

  • gerrad

    Amechi is a threat to River state…..

  • my take is that the APC is to blame and held accountable for the deaths. why am I saying this? The APC has accused the PDP of militarizing elections, and they said it is wrong, why do the APC militarize elections even greater than the PDP? Wherein is the change mantra? Can two big wrongs make a right? The answer is a “NO”.

  • ubong

    Please our President should not destroy his hard earned reputation and integrity by allowing some of his appointed aid to act arbitrarily and with impunity. DG of a quango institution should never be assign any Protection Officer. In the case of a minister that could abandon his duty to play politics of hate and venoms, no matter how much state money was used to fund his (presidential campaign) should not be tolerated . The do and die kind of politics laden with venoms and insults on offices of governor goes to remind us of how the offices of the president in the last regime was degraded and demeaned by some political party.This is not what River state people want. using state instrument to intimidate and harass innocent voters is not helping our democracy,war against corruption and lawlessness as some of what we saw in river state is a clear case of abused of instrument of authority by some self appointed local lords of manor as the expenses of the suffering masses,who need food, shelter and good basic facilities from the colective wealth that nature brought to their lamd. President Buhari should please call all party concern in this matter to order. He should let them know that party do not help but individual with selfless mindset could only willingly decides to put aside the vulnerability and gulliblity of nigerians voters to use the allocated funds to empower their brothers/sisters.