INEC ratifies PDP national caretaker committee, postpones Rivers rerun again

Dr Okezie Ikpeazu

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ratified the administrative approval granted to the acting chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on the judgment of the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt, by recognising the national caretaker committee of the PDP for all its activities.

According to its decision extract issued on July 14 and signed by the Director, Commission’s Secretariat, Ishiaku A. Gali, which was made made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Tuesday, the commission said it would recognise activities of the national caretaker committee.

In another development, the ommission has disclosed that it has been compelled to further postpone the conduct of the suspended national and state legislative reruns in Rivers State, earlier tentatively scheduled for Saturday, due to recorded cases of violence, intimidation and a general atmosphere of fear in some areas where the elections were to be conducted.

The commission made its stand known in a statement signed by its secretary, Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu, in Abuja, on Tuesday.