Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike says he would not hesitate to drop any member of the reconstituted Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) if he receives petition with proof that any of them is a card carrying member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.
He also charged the commission to ensure it conducts a credible election in compliance with the Local Government Laws of the state.
The governor gave this charge shortly after inaugurating the reconstituted electoral commission at the executive chambers of the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday.
Wike who lauded eight members of the commission for their successful screening by the Rivers State House of Assembly, urged them to take the responsibility of conducting a credible election, starting from the ward down to the local government level, seriously.
He emphasised that members of the reconstituted RSIEC must take into cognisance the fact that conducting election in the country is an herculean task, amid all kinds of threats and blackmail.
But, irrespective of this fact, he urged the members of the commission not to be dispirited in the discharge of their duties.
Governor Wike stressed that members of the commission must detach themselves from social organisations, particularly those with mixed multitude to avoid being accused of partisanship as all eyes will now be on them.
The governor declared that he does not have any vested interest in the election and insisted that those who want to contest in the election must showcase themselves and tell their people why they want to run for office and be voted for.
“I don’t know any of you who have a PDP membership card. If I do know, I will not have appointed you. Elections must be conducted as soon as possible in compliance with provisions of the Local Government Law as amended,” he said.
The chairman of the commission, Justice George Omereji (rtd) lauded the governor for finding them worthy to be saddled with the responsibility to oversee the conduct of the next local government election and promised not to disappoint the people of the State.
Other members of the commission are: Dr Doris Ruhuoma Chukwu; Mrs Chioma Ochia; Dr Hope Barango Tariah; Professor Lysias D. Gilbert; Barrister Barine Akpobari Nwikinanei; Dr Iyeneomie Tamunoberetonari and Dr Solomon Egbe.