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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