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Rivers Polls: Grassroots Democratic Coalition Slams Anti-democratic Elements, Security Agencies

The Grassroots Democratic Coalition has strongly condemned what it tagged as “the brigandage, dictatorial and practical abuse of state power being perpetrated in River State by some anti- democratic elements, aided and abetted by some security agencies.”

The Grassroots Democratic Coalition has strongly condemned what it tagged as “the brigandage, dictatorial and practical abuse of state power being perpetrated in River State by some anti- democratic elements, aided and abetted by some security agencies.”

In a release signed by the leadership of the group led by Comrade Razaq Oladosu, Comrade Demi Lawson, Comrade Benjamin Ojutalayo, the group warned that any individuals “who lend themselves to be used as an instrument to truncate our democracy shall be held responsible and be made to face the consequences.”

The coalition in the statement issued on Tuesday further said: “We have seen video clips of security agencies in cahoots with some politicians invading and cordoning off collation centers and scaring away electoral officers, snatching and scattering of poll results at gun point.

“The international and local observers report too actually exposed the level of desperation being displayed by persons who are hell bent in having their ways against the people's will.

The daylight brigandage and violence being meted out to the voters and generality of the citizens of River State is uncalled for and quite despicable.”

The group advised that “people who are not satisfied with the outcome of election results need not resort to violence as they have other opportunities of judicial adjudication to resort to, instead of taking laws into their hands.”

“We call on all genuine democrats and men and women of good conscience to arise and condemn this criminality being perpetrated against the government and people of River State,” the coalition said.