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‘Rivers May Not Have Senators Till 2019’


Rivers State may not have representatives in the upper chambers of the National Assembly till after 2019, a Public  Affairs Analyst, Martins Ikhilae has warned.

The Appeal Court had last December nullified the election held last year and ordered for a rerun in the state, but unfortunately, some of the rerun elections were cancelled following violence that characterized the process.

Twelve out of thirty seats in the Federal House of Representatives were nullified while the three Senatorial seats were ordered for a rerun.  But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)said the Commission will not conduct further elections in the state unless the state is save.

This development has stalled the conclusion of the elections in the state. The State only has five House of Representatives in the lower chambers thereby short changing the state.

Ikhilae who spoke with The Tide in an exclusive interview in Port Harcourt said the state is losing in all ramifications since the politicians and political class are fighting over political positions.

He noted that those currently representing the state at Federal House of Representatives are lonely voices and cannot in any manner, either in majority or as individuals represent the state properly.

Ikhilae regretted that the state has been polarized either your in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or All Progressive Congress, (APC) stressing that this would lead to a total disconnection between the people and the government.

Ikhilea further noted that the state has lost more that it has gain in the last three years due to internal political wrangling, stressing that the state not to have senate representatives and some members of the House of Representatives is a minors for the state because it will not attract better representation for the state.

According to him,’’ when matters of importance concerning the state is before the floor of the house, no representative will speaks for the state.

He however urged politicians to come together and work for the development of the people and the state, stressing that the interest of the state should be paramount to all.

It would be recalled that INEC has vowed not to conduct election in Rivers State till peace is return.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Aniedi Ikoiwak stated this while declaring some of the state House Assembly results and warned Politicians to always conduct themselves in a better manner.

Many were legibly killed including a corps member working as an adhoc staff during the last rerun elections in the state.

Source: Thetidenewsonline.com

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