Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has requested the immediate sack and replacement of some key officials of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RISIEC) to prepare the body for a smooth local government elections.
Wike made the request on Tuesday in Port Harcourt in a letter to the Rivers House of Assembly which was read by the Speaker, Ikuinyi Ibani.
What we know:
- Governor Wike wants six officials of the electoral agency to be sacked.
- Why? Because, according to him, they have been observed to be partisan and it was important for them to be replaced with new brains who would uphold neutrality.
- The affected officials are: Dr. Chimaroke Ngba, Engr. Kombo Johnson, Mr. Ugbana Martins, Dr. Robinson Olulu, Chief Kingsley Ogbudibo and Dr. Mrs. Juliet Berewari.
- The House of Assembly is on board with the governor’s request. “When report shows that some high profile members of such a sensitive commission were found wanting, there is need for urgent action such as this. There is, therefore, the need to inject new blood into the system in the interest of democracy and to further protect the third tier of government,’’ the speaker said at the sitting.
What we don’t know:
The details of the alleged infractions or partisanship by the electoral officers is not known.
The Rivers 2018 Appropriation Bill of N510 billion was passed by the assembly without alterations.
According to the Speaker, the Clerk of the House would forward a copy to the governor, Nyesom Wike, for endorsement and implementation.