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Rotimi Amaechi refuses to be accredited… He dares Soldiers

Rotimi Amaechi refuses to be accredited

The RIVERS State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi,
refused to be accredited over the refusal of INEC
officials to produce the result sheet for his
polling unit at Omuanwa Ward in the Ikwerre
Local Government Area.
Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who turned up around 10.00am at his polling unit, was told that there were no election result sheets and that the card readers deployed in the area failed to work.
Amaechi, who is the Director-General of the All
Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign
Organisation, accused the Peoples Democratic
Party of plotting to rig the presidential elections
in the state. It is unlikely if Amaechi performed
his civic right. His convoy was seen returning
back to the State House in Port Harcourt almost
immediately.
He later addressed a crowd of voters and
declared that there would be no accreditation or
voting in the area since the result sheets were
not available.
The governor disclosed that he had called the
State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs.
Gecila Khan, who told him that the result sheets
had been dispatched to the necessary points.

“The result sheets have not been brought here. The same thing is happening all over the local government area. We have, therefore, resolved not to be involved in the election until the result sheets are brought,”

Amaechi said.
However, a mild drama ensued as Amaechi drove
towards his ward to have a glimpse of goings-on
before being accredited.
The governor was stopped by the Brigade
Commander, 2 Brigade, Bori Camp, Port
Harcourt, Brigadier General Essien Essien, who
told him not to drive around during election since
he had not been accredited by INEC.
When the governor tried to move, a group of
soldiers blocked his convoy, a development that
caused anxiety for about 12 minutes.
The governor queried the rationale behind the
action of the soldiers, who he accused of
blocking the road to his father’s house.
“Are you being sent by President Jonathan to kill
me? I had told the world that President Jonathan
is trying to kill me and I am saying it again,” the
governor said.
Essien, however, told Amaechi that they were not
given any directive to kill anybody, even as he
insisted that the governor should go back home
and stop moving around the area.
He told the governor that the military did not
block the road leading to his house, but only
carrying out instruction to maintain law and
order.
“Your Excellency, we have instructions not to
allow people who are not duly accredited to
move around during the election. That is why we
are advising you to go back to your house and
wait there until the election is over.
Amaechi later decided to go to the Government
House in Port Harcourt after the exchange of
words between him and the Brigade Commander,
adding that he would only come back for
accreditation if the result sheets were ready.
The governor had earlier dared the soldiers to
arrest him, saying, “Arrest me if that’s what you
want to do or allow me return to Government
House in Port Harcourt. This house is my
father’s house. I don’t have a house in my
village.”
Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in
Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, cast his vote after
accreditation around 2.30pm. Wike, who is a
former Minister of State for Education, came in
company with his wife, Suzeth, to the Unit 7,
Ward 9 polling station in Obio/Akpor area in
Ikwerre.
Addressing journalists after voting, Mr. Wike called
for calm while describing the election in the state
as “relatively commendable” except for a handful
cases of card reader malfunction which almost
hindered accreditation.

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