The ban placed on political gathering by Council Chairmen in their council areas in the wake of preparation for party’s by- and re-elections and full scaled election in some council areas is described as calculated move to frustrate healthy political activities among political parties as they prepare to participate in the forth-coming election organized by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission.
Rivers State Chairman of the All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP Mr. John Geoffrey said he considered the ban pronouncement as instigating and confusion in the polity. He said supporters and electorates in those council areas will fear to associate with any mobilization train of political parties that visit the council areas.
Mr. John Geoffrey appealed to the Governor Amaechi to call the chairmen to order and allow for a healthy political atmosphere in those council areas where the election will hold.
Mr. John Geoffrey also wondered the constitutional powers that the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission has to screen to disqualify or disqualify candidates who were successful at the party primaries and forwarded to them.
The Commissioner in charge of media and public Affairs of the Rivers state Independent Electoral Commission, Ms Ibiso Dakoru had said early in the week that the commission was screening candidates presented to it by their parties for the forth-coming election.