July 26, 2016

APC blames postponement of Rivers rerun elections on PDP violent antics

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said they received the news of the postponement of the July 30 rerun election in Rivers State with mixed feelings, adding that their instinctive response is that of huge disappointment considering that it will further deny the people parliamentary representations at both the national and state levels while the pressure on our candidates to sustain their campaigns continues apace.

The APC in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Senibo Chris Finebone said:
“However, considering the reasons adduced by INEC for the postponement, the APC believes that had members of the PDP led by Gov. Nyesom Wike abandoned their official policy of resorting to violence as a tool for seeking political power, the postponement of the rerun elections would have been unnecessary. 

Indeed, we blame the postponement on the sustained violence and killings orchestrated by the PDP in Rivers State.”

The statement reads: “The latest of the string of violence the PDP has been perpetrating in the State is the burning down of INEC office in Bori last Friday morning after Gov. Nyesom Wike’s hate speech against INEC and APC leaders a few hours earlier at Okehi.

“Just before the March 19 rerun elections, Gov Nyesom Wike employed the use of hate speech as his battle cry, calling on his followers to stop Senator Magnus Abe. Days later, the Senator’s campaign office in Bori was bombed and burnt down. Last Thursday, Gov. Nyesom Wike was at his game once again. 

"Speaking at his party’s Rivers East PDP campaign rally at Okehi, Etche LGA, Gov. Wike let out his usual battle cry and less than 24 hours later, those believed to be his foot soldiers bombed and burnt down the INEC office in Bori, the South-East senatorial zonal headquarters of Senator Magnus Abe. A critical look at the modus operandi of the two bombings reveal close similarities and imprints, suggesting that those responsible for the first bombing most likely undertook the latest arson on the INEC office.

“The APC finds it curious that as soon as the INEC facility was bombed in Bori, the most virulent critic of INEC, Gov. Nyesom Wike, turned around to offer the electoral umpire a Greek gift to the effect that INEC could relocate to the Khana Council. It does not call for any strenuous reasoning to conclude that PDP members know more than they are telling the world about the bombing of the INEC office in Bori in order to force the electoral umpire to relocate to a PDP facility. Why did Gov. Wike not provide the INEC office same security that he says the Council enjoys?

“The APC calls on the Inspector-General of Police, Director-General of the Department of State Services [DSS], the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command and other security agencies to diligently investigate, fish out and prosecute all those who may have a hand in the spate of killings, arson and violence in Rivers State.

“Wholesome peace must be restored in Rivers State so that violence does not continue to be a reason to deny the people representation in the political milieu.”


samaila sulaiman said...

This rivers matter no dey end ne

Hassan Aderemi said...

I pity the followers who allowed himself to be a tool in the hands of politicians that even members of their family must have traveled out of the country few weeks to election most especially those who can die for a politician because of a plate of pottage or small cash or promised property.

inumidun said...


mummy twins said...

Ok ooo

Ibijoke M. Owolabi said...

God is watching

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

I'm really looking forward to free and fair election in Rivers state

Jeff Kingsley Jr said...

Dis time won't game as usual for PDP

ats three said...

Rivers and their political issues all the time. It's draining.

SPACO said...

The game play in Rivers is becoming interesting.