Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has blamed the low turnout of voters in Saturday’s governorship election on the intimidation of voters by the military.
Wike, who spoke to reporters after voting at Rumuepirikom Ward, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, said the action of the military in the presidential and National Assembly elections coupled with their intimidating presence in Saturday’s election forced to stay away from voting.
Reports from across the state indicated low voter turnout. Meanwhile, armed soldiers and policemen operating within Eleme Local Government seized ballot boxes and election materials from Ward 10, Aleto and moved them to the local government headquarters of INEC.
It was a similar situation in Gokana, Ikwerre and Khana Local Government Areas.