PDP is responsible for the killing of Rivers monarch - APC

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The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has condemned the killing of a monarch who was a supporters of the party and nine other members of the party, in Obrikom area of the state on Friday. The party has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the deaths. 

The Party Chairman, Mr Davies Ikanya, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday said: “We received with utmost shock the killing of a monarch and nine other members of APC by hoodlums hired by the PDP leadership in Rivers State on 3rd April. “Reports reaching us have it that some blood-thirsty gunmen hired by PDP in Rivers State to go on rampage in Obrikom in Onelga Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area killed Chief Adube, a traditional ruler and APC chieftain in the area, along with his two sons and seven others. We learnt that these PDP miscreants have moved to Oboh, a neighboring community and destroyed the house of Vincent Ogbuagu, an APC House of Assembly aspirant and also to continue their killing spree before they will hit other areas of the State.”

The party chairman lamented that over 50 APC members have been killed in politically motivated violence in the State in the past three months. He said, “Several of our members have been arrested and molested, property of our members are vandalised on daily basis. Our local government secretariats at Okrika and Andoni were bombed and our rally at Okrika was on two occasions disrupted by gunmen from PDP, while one of the aborted Okrika rallies saw the death of a police man. Besides, during the March 28th presidential and National Assembly polls, the entire world saw the rape of our democracy by PDP working in tandem with INEC, Army and Police, denying the people of Rivers State the opportunity to choose their leaders while allotting votes to other parties as they deem fit.”

“We therefore humbly request our amiable outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, whose mantra is that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian, to call Chief Nyesome Wike and other PDP leaders in Rivers State to order and stop the orgy of blood-letting in the State. It is very unfortunate that Chief Wike’s gubernatorial ambition has brought so much misery to all the good people of Rivers State and brought shame and negativity to our state.” 

The APC said “the people of Rivers State have resolved to reject Wike’s candidature as it portends evil and injustice since we cannot allow two sons of Ikwerre to govern Rivers State for 16 years to the detriment of other tribes of the State. This will amount to injustice against Rivers State and her people. We therefore call on President Jonathan to intervene as a matter of urgency before this man turns Rivers State into Yemen and other security challenged areas of the world. “In the same vein, we call on the Inspector General of Police and the Chief of Army Staff to call their men to order as we will not tolerate the unholy acts they exhibited during the March 28th polls during the April 11th governorship and State Assembly elections. Our people must be allowed to vote for the leader of their choice without any form of intimidation.” 

Ikanya also commended and congratulated INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, for making himself the hero of the country’s democracy by the transparent manner he conducted the presidential and National Assembly elections. “In contrast, the Rivers Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Gesila Khan, is a disgrace to the ideals of INEC. We demand for her immediate transfer because of the inglorious role she played on March 28th in trading off the INEC result sheets to Chief Wike and the fact that she has already declared the result of the April 11th polls, as Chief Wike recently boasted at an event in Port Harcourt that the result sheets for the polls are already with him.”

Source: TodayNews


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