- The governor of Rivers state Nyesom Wike has disqualified all PDP aspirants for local government election in the state
- Wike accused the aspirants of being involved in violence during the primary to choose the PDP councillorship candidates
- The commissioner for Information in the state Emma Okah said the local government area where election is to take place has been known for political violence in the past
The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike on Monday, April 16, disqualified all the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants for the chairmanship election in Degema local government area.
The governor, through a statement issued by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu accused the aspirants of being involved in violence during the primary to choose the PDP councillorship candidates.
Premium Times reports that Wike said their disqualification would serve as a deterrent to other politicians who may want to be involved in violence
The local government elections in the state is scheduled for June 16. It is unclear how many aspirants are affected by the disqualification.
The commissioner for Information in the state Emma Okah explained that Degema local government area has been known for political violence in the past.
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He said the governor took the decision in consultation with the party leadership in the state.
Okah said: 'They were shooting guns all over the places just because of party primary. Fresh set of people will now contest the primary so that it will serve as a lesson to others.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Wike dissolved the State Executive Council. The development was made public by the governor’s special assistant on electronic media Simeon Nwakaudu.
According to a statement by Nwakaudu on Saturday, June 24, Wike directed all the sacked commissioners to hand over to the permanent secretaries in their respective ministries.
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