A report by election observer group, CLEEN Foundation, may have validated claims by Governor Nyesom Wike Of Rivers State that the All Progressives Congress (APC) used both the INEC and security operatives to manipulate results of Saturday’s legislative rerun elections in the state.
”The military have been used to rig rerun elections in parts of the state,” Wike claimed on Saturday.
“In my entire political career I have never experienced this kind of invasion by security agencies.
”What causes violence is when you give certain persons undue advantage, the governor said.
To further validate Wike’s claim, CLEEN cited an instance where the Army, DSS and Police shot sporadically to scare away voters, thereby killing a voter.
The observer group maintained that the security operatives did not uphold neutrality during the elections.
“The way and manner in which the election was conducted is a validation of the outcomes of the Security Threat Assessment report, and justifies the concerns of various stakeholders that the outcome of the election will not reflect the will of the people.
“There were serious cases of electoral violence orchestrated by the Police, Army and DSS in Ward 3 Bodo community in Gokana and Khana Local Government Area. This led to the shooting to death of Mr. Mbari John MeeBari.
“At Ward 12, Unit 5, Abonnema, Akuku Toru, Police shot sporadically to scare away voters. At Sara 1, Sara 2 and Kalakama (Ward 12), Okirika LGA electoral materials were hijacked by the Army and officers of SARS at gunpoint.
“INEC, Police, Army and DSS provided overt and covert support for one of the political parties during the poll at Isiokpo INEC Collation Center,Ikwerre LGA, Ngo in Andoni LGA, Bonny LGA and Ahoada, INEC Staff and security agencies especially the army and police were observed openly aiding a political party,” CLEEN said.