INEC office set ablaze in Rivers •APC supporters protest in Port Harcourt

Posted by News Express | 29 March 2015 | 4,329 times

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The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State was today set on fire.

Reports say the building, which is located in the council’s headquarters, was set on fire by unknown thugs.

Meanwhile, there has been a protest in the state capital, Port Harcourt, by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against what they described as irregularities in the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

The protesters in their thousands walked the streets, causing heavy traffic. They broke through the security barricade and walked towards the INEC office.

No election was held in Rivers State, they said, demanding that the exercise should be cancelled and rescheduled.

The APC supporters said the rules of the election were broken and the election reflected nothing that suggests true democracy.

Channels Television quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the situation in the state was ‘very tense’. The station quoted the leader of the group as saying that they had gathered over 50,000 supporters of the APC for the protest.

The protest, according to Channels, has been peaceful. “They were harmless. They were not carrying any form of weapon. No bottles, no guns no machetes. Securities forces allowed them to protest because they were harmless,” the report said.

It said that the gate of the INEC office, the protesters led by the governorship candidates of the APC, Dakuku Peterside, demanded access into the premises of the INEC office, but security agents on ground stopped the group from entering the premises.

Source: News Express

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