May 10, 2021

Governor conducts Local Government elections; yet refuses to cast his vote

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has shunned his own sponsored local government election as the Governor refused to cast his vote for his local council chairman and councillor on Saturday’s election.

The governor, just like during the last election which was held in 2018 refused to cast his vote as he did the last time the local council poll was conducted in 2018.

At his ward 9, unit 7 Rumuepirikom polling unit, journalists, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other elected officials who had gathered to monitor the governor and his wife vote were disappointed when he only drove past the unit and never returning to vote until about 2 pm when officials of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission RSIEC ended voting at the unit and left.

Calls put across to his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri to know if the Governor would return to cast his vote went unanswered and neither did he bother to call back.

Also across the state, especially around Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor local government areas, there was a very poor turn of voters for the exercise.

Voter’s poor response to the election seemed a kind of silent protest to the action of the Governor who announced restriction of movement from night of Friday to 5 pm on election day.

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