Supporters of the Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party have kept up their demonstration by placing fetish objects in front of the Port Harcourt office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in order to demand access to the voting materials used in the state’s March 18 governorship election.
Remember that the PDP protest started on Monday and descended into violence when Tonye Cole, the APC’s candidate for governor, and a few other party executives arrived at the GRA crossroads in Port Harcourt to travel to the INEC office, which was just a few meters away down Aba Road.
To continue their demand, Cole vowed that he and his team will go to the INEC office on Tuesday.
It was discovered that they opted to remain behind to avoid the altercations and chaos that resulted in his injury during the protest on Monday.
A man costumed as a “juju priest,” with his head and waist draped in palm fronds and his body covered in crimson cloth, presided over proceedings while distributing libations and chanting incantations in the local dialect, according to our journalist who was on the scene of the day two demonstration.
He continued by saying that the security personnel-erected barricades on the Waterlines axis and the GRA junction leading to the INEC office were still in place since drivers and commuters are unable to access the once-busy express lane.
The 32-member House leader, Martins Amaewhule, joined the protest on Tuesday, which had previously been led by Edison Ehie, the deputy speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, and the chairman of the Ikwerre Local Government Area.
“The police must arrest him (Cole) today because we don’t know what to tell the family of the dead PDP supporter. The wife and children are crying at the hospital. Why must we continue to fold our hands and allow criminals to steal our money because they are using thugs?
“The Nigeria Police must rise to the occasion. We are ready to die for our rights. We are ready to die to defend our mandate. Enough is enough,” Ehie stated.
Then, the demonstrators handed over an accepted copy of the PDP’s petition from March 24, 2023, in which the ruling party requested that the INEC provide Certified True Copies of election-related information.
But, in response to Tuesday’s demonstration, Beke stated that the APC would follow all applicable legal procedures to obtain the necessary documentation to submit a case to the election petition tribunal.
He remarked, “Are you unaware that they used juju to obstruct the INEC office? You saw what they tied there, didn’t you? You can see what they are doing from that. Are they allowed to block INEC’s office? What they’re doing is visible.
“For us, the world has known our demands, and we are going to get what we are asking for within the law. We never said they (INEC) should not give any other person what they are asking for.
“No, we asked that they give CTC documents, and we have done that petition to the Inspector General of Police because we feel we won’t get justice from the police in Rivers State.”