Sizeable number of Independent National electoral Commission accredited observers who were in Khana Local Government Area to nominate the just concluded supplementary Rivers Legislative re-run election has come out to say that the victory of senator elect for the Rivers East Senatorial district, Hon. Magnus Abe at the poll was true reflection of the wish of the people.
Speaking in an interview in Port Harcourt, a member of the International Centre for Transparent Election, Comrade Jackson Jasper maintained that there was no iota of truth that Abe’s victory was aided by the security men.
“Truly, we were all there at the polling units and we saw what actually transpired though there were some pocket of irregularities vividly observed but that do not mean that INEC and security men on ground did not allow a level playing field for anyone to exercise his or her franchise but all the same, we still believe that there will be better improvement in subsequent elections”.
Commenting on the spate of accusations of hijacking of electoral materials by Chief Derrick Mene, Jasper described such allegation as false and mischievous, knowing the kind of person Mene is in the society.
“Sentiment apart, I know Mene as a gentleman of Integrity who always at forefront preaching peace and kicking against violence, hence it will be ridiculous for anyone to accuse Mene of reducing himself too low in indulging in an unholy and shameful act of running very unlawful.
Continuing, Jasper thanked Almighty God for the successful election which will produce a rightful candidate that would represent Rivers State at the state and National Assemblies.
He, however, urged all politicians in the state to see reason to accept the outcome of the re-run election results in good faith rather than going to court to contest the verdict, having seen that another phase of delay in presenting a representative at the national Assembly will not do River State any good.
Beside, I will equally plead with the good people of Rivers State to be calm and continue to be law abiding so as to move the state forward. ###