The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has revealed that it has suspended all electoral processes in Rivers state following reports of violence and foul play in the state.
A power tussle between the various interests in the state created a tension that spilled into violence during the election.
Although the APC was not in the ballot after it failed to produce a governorship candidate in the state, but one of the party’s chieftain and a power broker in the state, Chibuike Amaechi threw his weight behind the AAC candidate.
The incumbent governor, Nyesom Wike of PDP is running for re-election and both camps are out to win by all means which caused a clash across the state.
After reports of the incidents came to light, INEC released a statement where it confirmed to have canceled the polls till further notice.
“These initial report suggest that violence occurred in a substantial number of polling units and collation centres, staff have been taken hostage and materials including result sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorized persons,” the statement reads.
“The commission has decided to suspend all electoral processes in the state until further notice.”