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The Military Deserve Commendation For Securing The Peace – Rivers APC

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The Rivers State chapter of the All progressive Congress (APC) has commended the Nigerian Army for a job well done in ensuring that the state was not thrown into violence during the just concluded 9th March, 2019 Gubernatorial and House of Assembly Election.
In a press release made available to the media, the party stated that though it did was not an active stakeholder in the elections but it formally endorsed and adopted the AAC governorship candidate, Engr. Awara Biokpomabo.
It stated that if not for the intervention for the military boys, uncontrollable violence would have erupted in the state.
While expressing dismay 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, appeared 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, it noted that being solely at the receiving end of killings in Rivers State by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their agents, the party believed that the proactive steps taken by security agents to checkmate a repeat of the 2015 killings and destruction was 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 PDP agents in Onne Local Government Area 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; the shooting to death of Mr. Ipalibo Black-Duke in Akuku-Toru, the subsequent killings and beheadings of APC members in Onne Local Government Area; the gruesome killing of Dr. Vincent Eeebee in Yeghe among several others would most probably have been avoided”.
The APC maintained that they were 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 her 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”.
The APC however disapproved of the tendencies by a section of stakeholders in the polity especially some supposed local and international observers who appeared not to appreciate the daunting and onerous task the security agencies undertook to ensure that Rivers people were able to come out and vote safely and have their vote counted.
They accused the governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Wike and some PDP leaders, and INEC staff of colluding to re-write unit results, an action they believe must have been initiated on the advice of INEC insiders with the intention is to get his way to power the second time.
The exercise according to the APC is taking place in the Banquet Hall of Government House Port Harcourt.
“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.
“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 the organised crime being executed by Gov. Wike and Obo Effanga aimed at altering the result of the 2019 governorship polls in Rivers State.
“We also 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”, it added.

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