Banigo Tasks INEC On October Re-Run Polls

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (2nd right), with his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal (2nd left), State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr Austine Tam-George (left) and Deacon Akie Fubara, after Governor Tambuwal commissioned the Okrika ATC Jetty and Pavilion constructed by Governor Wike on Friday

Rivers State Deputy
Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to come out with a clear cut date and modalities for the planned October rerun elections in Rivers State.
Dr. Banigo has also stressed the need for INEC to commence arrangement for the rerun by displaying names of Adhoc Staff for the rerun, a month ahead of the supplementary elections as a mark of transparency to avoid a repeat of the short comings in the March 19 rerun.
A statement by the Deputy Governor said the admonition became necessary to demonstrate the genuineness of the Electoral body to conduct a free and fair election, and must resist the temptation of playing to the gallery of the ruling party.
The Deputy Governor expressed concern that INEC under the current leadership has resorted to excuses and blame game over its inability to conduct and conclude all inconclusive rerun elections particularly in the PDP controlled States.
She wondered whether the actions and inactions of INEC were not a deliberate ploy to continually deny Rivers People the right of representation in both the National and State Assemblies.