Nyesom Wike of Rivers has commended the State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) for the successful conduct of Saturday’s council elections in the state, saying it was credible.
He claimed that the non-participation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the elections turned out to be one of the reasons why the process was peaceful.
He said: “Sixty-six out of 68 political parties participated, but no violence. That means that if APC had participated, probably we would have seen violence.
“Sixty-six political parties, no violence, no shooting, nobody has died.
“But, if the APC had participated, they would want to coerce security agencies, they would do all manner of negative things like bringing cultists to shoot.
“You can see that nobody hijacked materials. Everything has been peaceful.’’
The governor also noted that the security agencies played their constitutional roles during the elections.
“I have called the heads of security agencies and commended them for a job well done. That is what I have always said – allow people to vote for those they want,’’ he said.