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Wike Chides INEC Over Non-Release Of Rivers Rerun Results

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has decried the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to release the outstanding results of state and federal constituencies rerun elections of March 19, 2016.

Speaking on Tuesday when he received the Ogbakor Ikwerre, United States and Canada Branch, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the continued delay in the release of the results could breed unnecessary suspicion and conflict.

He said what transpired on March 19, 2016, was the will of the people of the state to resist any form of rigging and manipulation of the electoral process.

The governor said: “We believe that INEC should no longer delay the release of the results. The more they delay, the more there is suspicion and the tendency for crisis.”

On the issue of security, the governor reiterated that that reports of events in the state are misleading. He said across the country all states have security challenges, pointing out that the case of Rivers State was being manipulated by political groups for the pursuit of ungodly goals.

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He said: “All the multinationals are working peacefully in the state. All the Indigenous companies are also around contributing their quota to the state. ”

On projects execution, the governor assured that his administration will execute projects that will enhance the living standard of the people. He added that projects relevant to the wellbeing of the people which were abandoned by the previous administration will be completed.

Earlier, President of Ogbakor Ikwerre, United States and Canada, Dr Fortune Woluwo, congratulated the governor on his victory at the polls and at the Supreme Court.

Dr. Woluwo called on INEC to release outstanding results of the rerun legislative elections. He said it is sad that the Commission is yet to release the results 10 days after the completion of the exercise.