Rivers’ violent by-election as bellwether for 2019 poll (Guardian)

Rivers’ violent by-election as bellwether for 2019 poll (Guardian)

Against the background of the wanton violence that characterised the Port Harcourt local government council constituency111 (PHLAGA)-seat by-election in Rivers State, observers have expressed the possibility that the entire episode could be a bellwether for the 2019 polls.

The liberty with which armed political thugs brandishing guns, bottles and other deadly weapons stormed several polling units to disrupt the electoral process was shocking.

The fact that the hoodlums operated with impunity, even in the presence of security agencies, gave clear indications that Rivers State runs the risk of fratricidal political war, with unforeseen consequences next year. Read more

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