The Rivers state All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged the public to disregard what it described as lies told by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state against the Nigerian army. The APC in the state said Wike told lies by alleging that the Nigerian military interfered in the elections that took place in the state.
The APC, in a statement by the Rivers State APC Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, absolved the military of any wrongdoing in the state during the elections and however, accused Wike and the PDP of being behind the violence recorded in the state during the elections. It said, instead of blaming the Nigerian army, that the military deserves commendation on the role troops played in ensuring that Rivers state did not turn to a killing field like what was obtainable in 2015.
The APC scribe, among releasing photos of injured Nigerian soldier awaiting surgery, also listed many APC members whom he said were killed by PDP agents. It also released video clips of alleged thugs during the elections, whom it said were PDP agents wearing FSARS uniforms attacking soldiers. The progressives party also accused Wike of conniving with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state to subvert the will of the people in favour of the PDP. The Rivers APC however, condoled with families of those who lost their lives during the elections held in the state. Video Player
According to it, “Firstly, it is important that I clarify that the Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, was an active stakeholder in last weekend elections and the reason is that we formally endorsed and adopted the AAC governorship candidate, Engr Awara Biokpomabo. We are dismayed that critical stakeholders, including those who witnessed the killing of over 40 persons on the 2015 governorship election day alone due to someone’s quest to become governor by all means, appear to be hoodwinked by the very same character to believe that security agents, especially the Army, should have stayed away to allow a repetition of what happened in 2015.
As a party that was solely at the receiving end of killings in Rivers State by the ruling PDP and their agents, the APC believes that the proactive steps taken by security agents to checkmate a repeat of the 2015 killings and destructions, is commendable and should be applauded by all peace-loving people. We believe that if such a step was taken before or during the 2015 elections and thereafter, prominent APC members such as late Chief Christopher Adube and his 5 children and driver would not have been murdered in one fell swoop by agents in ONELGA in just one evening leaving the young son of Chief Adube consigned to the wheel chair to date.
Hon. Monday Eleanya, Mr. Frankline Obi, his wife and son killed and beheaded; shooting to death of Mr. Ipalibo Black-Duke in Akuku-Toru, subsequent killings and beheadings of APC members in ONELGA; gruesome killing of Dr Vincent Eeebee in Yeghe among several others too numerous to mention here would most probably have been avoided. We are satisfied that the 2019 general elections is a clear departure from the orgy of violence and killings that characterised the 2015 elections.
However, we send our heart-felt sympathy to the families of the slain INEC ad-hoc staff, Mrs Ibisaki Amachree, who died under curious circumstances while serving his fatherland during the Presidential and National Assembly elections. We also send our profound condolences to the families of the lieutenant of the Nigerian Army and other officers and men who were targeted and killed or injured by criminals in the state.
We pray that God grant their souls eternal rest while giving their family members the fortitude to bear their losses. We must establish our disapproval of the tendencies by a section of stakeholders in the polity, especially some supposed local and international observers who appear not to appreciate the daunting and onerous task the security agencies are undertaking to ensure that Rivers people were able to come out and vote safely and their vote counted. This is the most unkind way to encourage or pay back those who have and are still risking their lives for the rest of us. We have attached herewith some photos of hospitalized army officers from attacks unleashed on them by agents of PDP while on duty during the elections.
Perhaps, it is pertinent to remind everyone that the Nigerian Supreme Court described Rivers State as a THEATRE OF WAR during the 2015 elections. We very well recognize that the governor of Rivers State has successfully extended his penchant to bribe every soul under the sun to include observers of elections and other stakeholders in the polity with a view to unleash highly mendacious blackmail on our hardworking security agents and the intention is to get them out of the way.
This is very unfortunate! We call on Rivers people and Nigerians not to be hoodwinked into believing that Nigerian security agencies interfered in the electoral process in Rivers State. That is only a clever narrative being planted in the media to particularly blackmail the military and the federal government into pulling out security agents from the state and returning it to the killing field many of us witnessed before, during and after the 2015 elections till date. Suffice to say that Rivers State has ever since 2015 become Nigeria’s headquarters of violence. With regard to the governorship election in Rivers State, we have observed with keen interest the macabre dance between Gov. Wike and INEC in Rivers State to upturn the popular will of the people expressed last Saturday and wish to call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to halt its macabre dance with Gov.
Wike through its Rivers REC, Obo Effanga who plotted and engaged PDP card-carrying members as LGA Collation Officers just to skew the elections in favour of Gov. Wike and the PDP. It befuddles the mind how a self-confessed hater of President Buhari and his Change Agenda (Obo Effanga) will possibly serve as a REC in Rivers State and give everyone a fair chance. We call on the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to redeploy Mr. Effanga from Rivers State without further delay in order to avoid possible crisis that may follow, aimed at altering the result of the 2019 governorship polls in Rivers State. From yesterday and throughout last night to this moment, Gov. Nyesom Wike, some PDP leaders, Obo Effanga and some INEC staff have been re-writing unit results, an action we believe must have been initiated on the advice of INEC insiders. The exercise which is taking place in the Banquet Hall of Government House Port Harcourt is still ongoing as I write.”
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