Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the recent decision by the State Independent Electoral Commission to conduct local government elections in the state in May 2015 was in line with the law.
Amaechi, who spoke with newsmen at the Government House in Port Harcourt, said since RISIEC was acting according to the law, there should be nothing to stop council elections in Rivers.
It would be recalled that the state electoral commission had announced that local government elections would hold on May 23, 2015.
But the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against the announcement by RISIEC, saying the commission did not give 90 days notice as prescribed by the law.
However, Amaechi argued that since the PDP was not comfortable with RISIEC’s decision to hold council elections, the party should go to a state High Court.
Amaechi cautioned that only the state High court would entertain such a matter, adding that a Federal High Court has no jurisdiction on matters concerning local government elections.
“If they are complying with the law then they are in order, if they are not complying with the law then they (PDP) should go to the State High Court and stop it.
“If they go to the Federal High Court, they should know that the Federal High Court has no jurisdiction and I hope that everybody will be careful this time because the Federal Government will be serious with anybody who decides to manipulate the system,” the governor said.
Amaechi reasoned that the elections would allow the electorate to choose who would govern them, maintaining that the people of the state were not allowed to choose their leaders in the 2015 general election.
“You know in the last (general) elections, the people did not choose who will govern them. But this time, the people will be allowed to choose who will govern them as chairmen of council and councillors.