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Rivers REC Dismisses Transfer Rumours

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[caption id="attachment_830" align="alignnone" width="645"]Rivers INEC REC, Gecila Khan[/caption]

The Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Dame Gesila Khan has dismissed rumors that she has been transferred out of the state.

She disclosed this in Port Harcourt, as she said she had no regrets in serving the state in the capacity she did.

This is coming after the state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) accused her of being partisan in the just concluded April governorship election of the state.

Speaking with members of the press, during the inspection of the materials used for the April governorship election at the INEC state office, she said her presence in the INEC office was an indication she is still the Rivers State REC.

‘I am here and I am still here. I have not been transferred. If I have been transferred, I should not be sitting here; I should be picking my things.

“Even if I am transferred, there is nothing wrong with that because this is government work and anytime you are called to move, you move. But for now, I have not been called to move,”

Reacting to the accusation leveled against her by the APC, she said,

“(I have) no regret whatsoever. I am a Human Resources practitioner. So, anything you see in life, you move along with it. You cannot predict man. They are free to think and say what they want to say.”

Speaking on the inspection of the election materials, she said the exercise wasn’t new to her and it was meant to quicken the process.

“During the presidential election, three national commissioners came. During the governorship election, three national commissioners came and now again, we have three administrative secretaries.

“That is just to make the job fast and you know the tribunals are time-bound and the work (sorting our election materials) is voluminous. We have been working since.

“We should conclude this exercise (inspection of election materials) before the tribunal comes to an end. We are human and if you are told to produce 1,000 copies today, you will produce it. We are going to put in our best.

It will be recalled that, in the wake of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) victory over the APC in the just concluded governorship election in the state, the APC filed a suit challenging the victory of the PDP’s governorship candidate Barrister Nyesom Wike at the tribunal, claiming the election was marred with irregularities.