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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has stated that electorates in the state will not allow anybody to impose representatives on its people ahead of the coming rerun in the state.
The governor said the people should be allowed to elect their representatives.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the rerun elections into the Senate, House of Representatives and state House of Assembly for December 10.
Speaking during a PDP dedication service for the flag-off campaign of 2016 rerun/supplementary election at Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike urged INEC to be neutral in the course of the rerun election to ensure that the will of the people prevails.
“This election will prove whether INEC is ready to conduct free and fair elections in Nigeria,” he said.
The governor noted that the PDP remains committed to violence-free elections, pointing out that the opponents of PDP should play by the rules of engagement.
“What causes violence during election is when the umpire wants to manipulate, rig or write results. We will resist any attempt to write results.
“PDP will not be involved in anything violent, but we will not allow anyone to steal our votes. We will protect our votes and ensure that the people’s mandate is declared,” he said.
The governor explained that the PDP was dedicating its forthcoming campaigns for the rerun elections to God, because the party relies on God for victory.
He noted that the PDP is sure of victory at the rerun polls because of the achievements of his administration in the last 17 months.
Few days ago, Wike had accused INEC and the Nigerian Police of colluding with the All Progressives Congress, APC, to manipulate the upcoming re-run election in the state.