The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said it will boycott the state’s local government council elections fixed for June 16.

The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) had on Tuesday announced Saturday, June 16 as date for local government polls.  

The Chairman/Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Commission, Justice Chukwuneye Uriri (rtd), said the release of the election timetable is in line with the power conferred on him as enshrined in the Rivers State Independent Electoral Law No. 2 of 2018.

But addressing a press conference Wednesday, the state Chairman of the APC, Davis Ikanya, said there is no vacuum in the councils.

"It is very shocking for the Chairman and Chief Electoral Commissioner of RSIEC, Justice Uriri, to express worries that for some time now, there has not been a local government election in the state, adding that the law abhors vacuum.

"For the records there is no vacuum in the leadership of our local government areas since the term of office of the elected LGA chairman and councillors has not expired and the matter is a subject of litigation before the courts in Nigeria.

"Justice Uriri, who served as a judge of the High Court of Rivers State should have known better that there is no vacuum and accordingly advise the state Governor, Nyesom Wike."

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