...As Gov Wike Reconstitutes Commission
The Chairman of the Rivers State Independent Electoral C (RSIEC), Justice George Omereji (rtd) has pledged the readiness of the commission to carry out its duty as provided by the law.
Speaking shortly after the reconstituted commission was inaugurated by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Government House on Friday, Justice Omereji gave assurance that the commission would conduct a credible election in compliance with the Local Government Laws of the state.
He thanked the governor for finding them worthy to be saddled with the responsibility to oversee the conduct of the next local government election and promised not to disappoint the people of the State.
While acknowledging the enormity of the tasks before the commission, the erudite retired Judge assured they would take seriously the discharge of its duties, starting from the ward down to the local government level.
In his charge after the inauguration, Governor lauded the eight members of the commission for their successful screening by the Rivers State House of Assembly and urged them to take their responsibilities seriously.
Governor Wike explained that the inauguration of the new RSIEC became imperative following the expiration of the tenure of the previous chairman and commissioners in July this year
He emphasized that members of the reconstituted RSIEC must take into cognizance the fact that conducting election in the country is a herculean task, amid all kinds of threats and blackmail. But, irrespective of this fact, he urged the members of the commission not to be dispirited in the discharge of their duties.
“It is not an easy job to participate in conducting election, it is quite tasking. It requires every commitment. It is time consuming; it is energy sapping. Sometimes in three days you will not get home” he said.
Governor Wike stressed that members of the commission must detach themselves from social organisations, particularly those with mixed multitude to avoid being accused of partisanship as all eyes will now be on them.
He disclosed that he was aware that some persons were already plotting to thwart the successful conduct of local government election in the State. To this end, he charged the commission not to be deterred by this, but make sure it adheres to the provisions of the law.
“So many traps will be set for you so that election will not hold. Like I hear people are plotting that the election will not hold. That is not a problem. You do your own work.”
The governor declared that he does not have any vested in the election and insisted that those who want to contest in the election must showcase themselves and tell their people why they want to run for office and be voted for.
“elections must be conducted as soon as possible in compliance with provisions of the Local Government Law as amended” he said
Governor Wike said he would not hesitate to drop any member of the commission if he receives petition with proof that any of them is a card-carrying member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.
“I don't know any of you who have a PDP membership card. If I do know, I will not have appointed you” he added.
Other members of the commission are: Dr Doris Ruhuoma Chukwu; Mrs. Chioma Ochia; Dr Hope Barango Tariah; Professor Lysias D. Gilbert; Barrister Barine Akpobari Nwikinanei; Dr Iyeneomie Tamunoberetonari and Dr Solomon Egbe.