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Peterside worried at Rivers spate of violence

01 March 2016, 17:04Emeka Okonkwo

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 months.

Peterside, who lost a poll characterised by violence, to Nyesom Wike, pointed out at a number of incidents which he said were of concern.

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.

Also read: Peterside queries Court ruling on Rivers poll

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


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