by Ranti Joseph
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has urged the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Attahiru Jega to caution the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Gesilla Khan.
The APC expressed dissatisfaction over the state INEC’s refusal to allow its agents to have access to election materials, which were to be presented before the tribunal.
State Chairman of the APC, Davies Ikanya, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, in Port Harcourt on Sunday, appealed to Jega to immediately move all sensitive materials used for the elections away from Rivers.
Ikanya argued that the safety of such materials used during the Presidential/National Assembly and the governorship/House of Assembly elections was not guaranteed under Khan’s watch.
“Rivers APC passionately appealed to INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, to direct Mrs. Khan to immediately comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Freedom of Information Act by granting the party unfettered access to the requested materials.
“Furthermore, we urge Prof. Jega to, as a matter of urgency, move all sensitive materials used for the discredited elections away from Rivers State as their safety is not guaranteed under the watch of Mrs. Khan, who has overzealously worked to enthrone an unpopular PDP government in our State.
“We are shocked that INEC in Rivers State under the watch of Mrs. Khan could bar our party agents from accessing INEC premises to photocopy result sheets for the purported elections in preparation for the party’s appearance at the Election Petition Tribunal.”