The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has disqualified all the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants for the chairmanship election in Degema Local
The governor, through a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Simeon
Nwakaudu, accused the aspirants of being involved in violence during the primary to
choose the PDP councillorship candidates.
Their disqualification would serve as a deterrent to other politicians who may want
to be involved in violence, Mr Wike said.
The local government elections in the state is scheduled for June 16. It is unclear
how many aspirants are affected by the disqualification.
The Commissioner for Information in the state, Emma Okah, said that Degema Local
Government Area has been known for political violence in the past.
He said the governor took the decision in consultation with the party leadership in
“They were shooting guns all over the places just because of party primary,” Mr Okah
said, adding that “fresh set of people will now contest the primary so that it will
serve as a lesson to others.”