Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi at his constituency in Rivers State on March 18, 2023.
The immediate past Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, on Saturday condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police over the governorship and state house of assembly elections in Rivers State.
Amaechi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), described the exercise in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state as a “total failure of governance”.
Briefing journalists on Saturday after casting his vote in Ward 8, Unit 14, Ubima Community, the former Rivers governor accused detractors of being behind the electoral violence in the state.
He explained that the situation has led to voter apathy in Rivers as most people did not go to the polls for fear of being beaten.
“There is a total failure of the government in the country, a complete failure,” he said.
“People are being arrested and no one has come forward.
“The Inspector General of Police is not doing anything, nobody is doing anything. Now there is voter apathy. I don’t know if it is spreading across the country, but in Rivers State, there is complete voter apathy,” Amaechi fumed.
Although the election in his community was peaceful, Amaechi said there were reports of APC candidates being arrested at the polls.