Rivers - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has mourned the victims of political violence in the Rivers State.
Most of these were killed in the run up to the general elections that was held earlier this year.
Dakuku Peterside, who lost the governorship poll under controversial circumstances, led the commemoration titled Black Day.
“Brothers and sisters, welcome to Rivers Black Day, a day dedicated to the memories of more than 100 persons who were killed. May their gentle souls rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord,” he said in Port Harcourt.
“We are gathered here for a purpose that is paradoxical. We are simultaneously mourning and celebrating our brothers and sisters whose lives were cut short by the inexplicable violence that characterized the general elections in Rivers State in March and April this year.”
He said the violence had continued.
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“It is violence that has continued till today, merely mutating and transforming – from attacks before and during the general elections, now we suffer kidnappings, armed robberies, and assassinations by persons who are yet to be dispossessed of the guns with which they were ‘empowered’.”
He said most of the victims whose rights were violated were supporters of the APC.
“Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends were attacked and killed in their homes in cold blood because of their political leanings. Some were attacked and killed while they were on their way to attend campaign rallies. Our campaign venues were victims of explosive devices and outright attacks by gun men. These were intimations of more unpleasant scenarios.”
More than 100 people were reportedly killed.
“The persons were killed. They are victims of the evil acts of desperate politicians,” said Peterside.
- CAJ News