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Rivers rerun: U.S, U.K send strong message to Wike, Amaechi, others

– U.S. and U.K condemn the violence reported in the Rivers rerun

– At least five people were killed during the rerun elections

Reactions have continued to trail the March 19, legislative rerun elections in Rivers state following reported cases of violence.

At least five people were killed during the rerun elections in Rivers state, including a corp member. Dynamites were also reportedly detonated in Konor local government area in the course of the elections.

The election was also marred with other irregularities such as snatching of ballot boxes which culminated in the cancellation of polls in eight local government areas of the state.

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Following the violence and other breach of the law in Rivers, the United States of America embassy in a statement made available to NAIJ.com has urged the leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to call their supporters to order.

The statement reads:  “The U.S. Embassy is concerned about reports of violence, including the possible targeting of electoral officials and irregularities during re-run elections in Rivers state on March 19, 2016. 

“We condemn the use of violence and disruptions of the democratic process.  We call upon the leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to urge their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the electoral process. 

“We call on those dissatisfied to pursue a resolution of their grievances peacefully in accordance with the rule of law.”

The U.S. embassy in a statement made avalaible to NAIJ.com urged leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to call their supporters to order

The U.S. embassy in a statement made avalaible to NAIJ.com urged leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to call their supporters to order

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In the same vein, a statement from the British High Commission in Nigeria also condemned the killings of innocent citizens in the Rivers rerun.

The statement reads: “The British High Commission in Nigeria is disappointed by reports of violence, in particular against electoral officials (INEC), around the elections in Rivers state on March 19. UK observers in Rivers state saw irregularities around the voting and noted the low turn-out of voters at polling units which was in part a consequence of fear of violence.

“The British High Commission urges the leadership of both major political parties to encourage their supporters in Rivers to behave peacefully and call on those still dissatisfied to pursue resolution of their grievances through the courts in accordance with the rule of law.”

INEC cancelled results in .They are Bonny, Gokhana, Khana, Andoni, Tai and Eleme, Etche and Asaritoru LGAs.

Aniedi Ikoiwak, the resident electoral commissioner, said that the reason for the cancellation was due to irregularities at the affected local government areas of the state.

The electoral umpire further notes violence, snatching of ballot boxes, noncompliance to electoral law as part of the cancellation. INEC says it is reviewing the rest of the process in the re-run polls.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) categorically called for the

According to Vanguard, this call was made by the party’s chairman in the state, Davies Ikanya, who noted that the election must be cancelled because of the violence involved in the process.

But in a rather characteristic manner, the PDP in the state accused the opposition of breeding trouble in the state during the election.

The party’s chairman in the state, Felix Obuah called for the immediate

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