Why many may not vote in Rivers re-run – Residents

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Some residents of Port Harcourt in Rivers State have expressed worry over the unhealthy rivalry among political parties as the December 10 re-run election in the state draws near.

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The residents expressed the concern in a survey carried out by the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

They also expressed dismay that the politicians were overheating the polity through unhealthy rivalries, which could discourage many people from participating actively in the re-run election.

Ndamzi Jikeji, a lawyer, said that politicians in the state had failed to comport themselves in a way that would promote harmony among the rival parties.

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“The two visible parties in the state are All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); they have made some of us to lose interest in the entire system”, Mr. Jikeji said.

“The actions of the parties have made politics to look unsafe to some of us.

“From what I see, many will not be part of the re-run election in December,’’ he said.

Another resident, Nnendah Jacobs, a student, said that it seemed dangerous to identify openly with any of the political parties in the state.

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According to her, many people now fear attack or arrest if they openly show their support for any party.

“The situation is just very scary, you can see that the two parties are ready to go physical against each other at any time,” she said.

Also speaking, Mike Nchemini, a civil servant, said that he may not vote during the election following the unhealthy rivalry among politicians in the state.

“I may decide to stay away from coming out to vote during the elections, I don’t see the parties as prepared to play the game according to the rules,” he said.

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