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Unity encouraged to end Rivers hostilities

11 March 2016, 21:50Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC), which has alleged scores of its members had been killed in Rivers State in recent weeks, has appealed for unity among rival parties to end the crisis in the region.

The party has alleged more than 60 members have been killed in the run up to the re-run National and State Assembly elections, scheduled for next weekend.

“As a party, we have remained at the receiving end of the violence and deaths that have enveloped Rivers State for over six years now. All we ask is for peace and security to reign because we know the consequences of anarchy. Our people have suffered enough,” pleaded Chris Finebone, APC Rivers spokesperson.

He said in recent months, APC members across the state had been attacked and killed, sometimes in the presence of their families.

Also read: 32 killed in pre-election violence in Rivers State

“More APC members have died over these unfortunate years and this is a fact that is well known around the state,” said Finebone.

“And for these long years of strife, we have been speaking and calling the world’s attention to the daily attacks and killings taking place in our state.”

Violence has beset Rivers, the oil-rich state where APC and the ruling People’s Democratic Party are fierce rivals.

Finebone called for an end to the tensions.

“I think all of us, irrespective of our different political affiliations, must be very concerned about a quick resolution to this crisis,” said Finebone. 

- CAJ News


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