Security agencies prevent plans to disrupt council poll in Rivers



Andoni local government area of Rivers recorded peaceful poll in the Saturday poll as security agencies stop plans by unknown persons to disrupt the process.

Some political in the area made this known while addressing newsmen during the exercise in Ngo Andoni.

One of the key political players in the area, Mr Dagomie Abiante, lawmaker representing Andoni/ Opobo-Nkoro federal constituency confirmed that the process was .

“From my unit, where I have detailed the election, its so far been peaceful, . So, we await the outcome, and we believe that it will be a reflection of my observation.

“I voted in my polling unit, Unit 9 in Ward 1, Ngo town. Thus far, the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RISEIC) has done well in conducting the election here in Andoni.

“Materials were distributed time, they were also properly sorted and officials seem to be well informed their duties ,” he said.

The lawmaker also said that though on credible security intelligence, it was gathered that there could be the likelihood of a breach of the peace.

“Proberbly, haven gotten to know that the has been leaked due to the alarm  that we earlier raised because we had earlier called on the security agencies to step up operations in the area and I can say that there are no infractions.

“I want to give credit to that intelligence report, the security agencies for being very . I have also seen several gun boats on our waterways as at last night when I arrive here, I moved round to confirm this.”

Mr Victor Ere, Chairman of PDP, Andoni local , said that the process was peaceful and commended the security agencies for their steps towards security during the exercise.

“Though some evil planners had plans to disturb the process but they failed as they couldn’t penetrate the area.

”This election is not different from other elections because at the end of result the majority will be returned winner. As we speak no incidence of violence so far has been recorded across wards.”

Meanwhile, the PDP candidate, Erastus Aworttu, also commended RISIEC for a peaceful process.

“I want to thank RISIEC for organising a credible process. Voting commenced on time and there’s no incident of voter apathy around here.

”I can see that the people are very enthusiastic about bringing in a change by electing a new government.

“From the reports gathered by my party agents, from the various wards, elections are going on peacefully just like what we have here in ward 9 unit 5 where I cast my vote.”(NAN)