Abuja – The All Progressives Congress
Governorship candidate in the 2015 elections in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku
Peterside, has bemoaned the escalation of violence in the state in recent
Peterside, who lost a poll characterised by violence, to
Nyesom Wike, pointed out at a number of incidents which he said were of
Among these is the slaughter of 24 persons at Omoku in
Ogba Egbema Ndoni local government area (LGA) and the attack on the military at
Yeghe town in Gokana LGA by armed militant youths.
Also of concern is the burning down of the campaign
office of APC Senator Magnus Abe at Bori, Khana LGA by suspected political
thugs and an attack on a bank by armed robbers in Port Harcourt.
Peterside said like most states in Nigeria, Rivers had
always had some history of political violence since the 2003 general elections.
“Nevertheless, what we are witnessing today is a
dimension taken too far, especially before, during, and after the 2015 general
elections,” said Peterside.
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Peterside said it would appear the support for political
violence as a means to win elections in Rivers state became the official policy
of the party at the centre.
Wike’s People’s Democratic Party is in power in Rivers.
Peterside said violence had worsened with the judgment of
the Supreme Court on the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition.
The judgement endorsed Wike’s election.
“That judgment seems to have inadvertently but tacitly
given approval to a credo of get victory at all costs,” said Peterside.
Peterside said security agencies had their hands full due
to the magnitude of such occurrences.
“It is time for the Rivers State Government to
make her commitment.”
- CAJ News