There is an indication that the rerun election for lawmakers in Rivers will be held without violent as the Nigerian Police Force brokered peace between the two clashing politic frontiers in the state, Governor Nyesom Wike and Minister of Transport, Rotomi Amaechi.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had initially cancelled the election due to violence and fixed a new date, July 30, to conclude the poll, but on Tuesday, the Commission suspended the process again.
According to a press release signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don N. Awunah, the Inspector general of police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris on Tuesday held a meeting with the two gladiators so that the legislative election will hold in accordance with rules and regulation that guides election in the country.
The release specified clearly that Wike and Amaechi, at the end of the resolution meeting, decided to be committed to uninterrupted peace.
The release reads in part “In a concerted effort to guarantee a violent-free and credible Re-run Senatorial/House of Representative elections in Rivers State, a crucial meeting to chart the path to peace in Rivers State before, during and after the Re-run elections in the State was held today, 26th July, 2016 between the Inspector-General of Police, Ag.IGP Ibrahim K. Idris and the Director-General of Department of State Services, Alh. Musa Daura. The two major players in the politic of Rivers State, His Excellency, Barr. Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State and the Hon. Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi were in attendance.
“The meeting deliberated on the overall need to have peaceful, free and fair election devoid of violence which was the hallmark of the previous elections in the State. The Governor, His Excellency, Barr. Nyesom Wike and Minister, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi resolved to be irrevocably committed to lasting peace and vouched to play the game by the rules in the forthcoming re-run elections in the State. They also agreed to prevail on their teaming supporters to adhere to their commitment to peace and security in the State.
“In addition, the two major stakeholders agreed to convene another meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State aimed at further solidifying the commitment to peace reached in the meeting, which is a prelude to the roadmap that will usher a permanent and lasting peace in Rivers State.
“The meeting was held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cordiality.”
Governor Wike had earlier called for dissolution of INEC under the leadership of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu following the cancellation of the legislative rerun elections, describing it as “incompetent”.
The latest cancellation has sparked outrage from rival political parties and the people of Rivers State.