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Rivers elections: Defy violence, Amaechi tells votes

18 March 2016, 19:25

Abuja - Minister of Transport and former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has urged residents to defy violence and participate in the re-run elections set for Saturday.

Ho noted the recurrence of violence and irregularities that marred the process to elect his successor last year as Nyesom Wike emerged governor.

“You would recall that the last time the elections were held, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were brazenly, crudely and violently prevented from exercising their inalienable rights to elect those they wanted,” he told residents ahead of the polls.

“Those same characters and forces that stole our votes by violently denying us the right to vote the last time, are at it again. In the months and weeks leading to this Saturday’s elections, they have employed the use of violence and threats to lives as tools of intimidation and harassment, all aimed at preventing us from coming out to vote.”

Without mentioning names, but appearing to blame Wike’s People’s Democratic Party, he said they had turned the previously peaceful state into a haven of brazen criminality, culminating in killings and maiming of innocent citizens.

Amaechi, who assured members of the public of their security, nonetheless called on voters to come out in numbers.

“However, it is gratifying to note that the Commander-In-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the security of lives and property in the State before, during and after the elections,” he said.

“Mr President has graciously provided adequate security through the length and breadth of the State. I therefore enjoin you all to come out en mass to exercise your civic rights, on Saturday.”

PDP and Amaechi’s All Progressives Congress are set for a major showdown during the polls. 

- CAJ News


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