Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared a 3-day prayer and fasting in the state for the peaceful conduct of the rerun legislative election in the state.
The state’s Commission for Information, Mr. Austin Tam-George, stated this in a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt.
According to the commissioner, the fasting will begin on Wednesday, December 7 to Friday, December 9, 2016. He said that Governor Nyesom Wike pleaded with residents and churches in the state to actively participate in the spiritual exercise.
“The fasting will involve churches and residents of the state; the essence is to seek God’s divine intervention in the election.
“We know that when we seek the face of God, He will cause our state to have a peaceful rerun election and no principality or power can stand Him.’’
The Rivers state governor had earlier stated on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the need to fast and pray ahead of the re-run elections in the state.
He said the fasting and prayer had become necessary following the tension already being generated in the run-up to the legislative polls.
He enjoined Rivers people to engage in acts capable of promoting peace during the election.
The State Independent Electoral Commission fixed December 10 for rerun elections into national and state assembly positions in the state.
Meanwhile, corps members in the state are avoiding to participate in the legislative rerun election. Investigations revealed that corps members who are being contacted to serve as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission are refusing to participate in the election because of fear of possible violence during the election.
The state’s REC, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, has however noted that the job of corps members was voluntary, adding that those who did not want to work with INEC on election day were free to opt out.