OVER 25 INEC OFFICIALS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL DUE TO RIVERS STATE SUPPLEMENTARY ELECTION

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[Rivers]–After the INEC returning officer, Prof. Olushola Omotayo had declared the result of the Saturday’s supplementary election at the INEC collation centre in Okehi, Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, admitting that  the Peoples Democratic Party emerged victorious, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Aniedi Ikoiwak, has disclosed that over 25 INEC officials have been hospitalized due to attacks from members of the state.

He told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that the victims were attacked and wounded by Rivers people and he mentioned that, one of the victims regained consciousness on Sunday.

“This is one area that Nigerians should ask questions: over 25 INEC staff members are in hospital today because the people of Rivers State decided to either kill or wound them.

“They were all beaten up because they went to those villages to conduct an election. Let the people of Rivers State tell us the offence of any of them.”

It was reported that while the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had withdrawn from assisting INEC in the election due to security issues, the Commission succeeded in mobilization about 700 staff members for the supplementary legislative election in Etche.

“What did they do? They were bringing materials for the election; they decided to descend on them, beat them up, collect their personal belongings and run away,” he said.




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