Yet-to-be-identified arsonists have set a branch office of the independent national electoral commission, INEC, office ablaze in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers.
Theportcitynews gathered that the incident occurred in the early hours of today.
Recall that Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike on Friday, alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have perfected plans to postpone Rivers elections on the altar of planned violence.
Wike also alleged that APC has been directed to burn INEC offices in several local government areas to create an atmosphere of insecurity for Rivers elections to be postponed.
Wike said at a campaign rally in Buguma on Friday that the plot to destroy INEC offices in Rivers State will be executed by the sacked Factional Rivers State APC Chairman, Ojukaye Flag Amachree. He said Amachree and his hatchet men discussed the strategy on Thursday.
“INEC thinks they are smart, but we are smarter than them. They met with APC and instructed them to generate extreme crisis for them to postpone the elections in Rivers State.
“APC went to INEC and INEC told them that as far as the law is concerned, their hands are tied. INEC told them that the only way they can assist the APC is for the embattled party to generate violence for security agencies to write security report to enable INEC to postpone Rivers elections.
“It is this agreement between INEC and APC that emboldened APC to openly declare that elections will not hold in Rivers State. This is a threat to national peace”, he said.
A source told theportcitynews that it is not immediately clear who was responsible for the arson, adding that they are suspecting mischevious local politicians in the area.
The public relations officer of the Nigerian Police, Rivers state command, Nnamdi Omoni told our correspondent that he has not been briefed on the matter.