Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC)
in Rivers State has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to probe
politically-motivated killings that characterised the period leading to the
contentious polls held earlier this year.
The party also called for investigations amid the alleged
intimidation of the party’s witnesses at the State Governorship Election
APC expressed concern that in spite local and
international condemnation that followed the violence-ridden elections in
Rivers State, the security agencies were not known to have investigated,
arrested or prosecuted anyone for the murder and arson allegedly unleashed on
Elections were held on March 28 and April 11.
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The party recalled immediate past Governor Chibuike
Rotimi Amaechi, yielded to the people’s calls for justice by constituting the
Professor Chidi Odinkalu Commission of Inquiry into the crimes committed
before, during and after the elections.
“However, on assumption of office, Chief Nyesom Wike
procured a court judgment barring the constituted Chidi Odinkalu Commission of
Inquiry," Davies Ikanya, APC Rivers Chairman, Davies Ikanya said.
"This desperate action by Chief Wike and the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) denied the people justice."
APC said the Odinkalu-led
Commission had earlier unraveled 97 cases of murder, 278 incidents of
persons with bodily harm and 83 cases of total destruction of properties.
According to the party, this was gathered from the
recorded testimonies of some 43 witnesses with written petitions, indicting
Wike and his alleged associates.
“We will confront them with facts and figures. We will not forgive and we will not forget those
who perpetrated killings and arson in Rivers State during the elections.”
APC lamented that months after the inauguration of his
administration, Wike had "carried on as if nothing happened."
“His Government has not made any effort at bringing the
perpetrators of these horrid crimes to book, perhaps because of the alleged
involvement of his core supporters in those cold-blooded murders."
Ikanya appealed to Buhari to make good his promise to Rivers people, made in May, to revisit the