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Tensions heighten in Rivers ahead of polls

03 March 2016, 11:09Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised concern at the escalation of violence with Rivers State and National Assembly rerun elections on the horizon.

The APC state chapter also doubted the professionalism of the judiciary.

“We wish to draw your (media) attention and indeed the attention of all Nigerians and the entire world to the unfortunate but State sponsored increasing insecurity, impunity and arm twisting of the Judiciary in Rivers State,” the party said in Port Harcourt.

The party said with the election only a few days away, instead of allowing the process to commence on an even keel with all the candidates, APC alleged Governor Nyesom Wike and Attorney General had influenced the judiciary, now headed by Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra, with a view to using it to disqualify some APC candidates before the polls commenced.

Rivers APC also bemoaned the violence that has coincided with the run up to the elections.

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“The All Progressives Congress has since last year been calling the attention of the whole world to the killing of its members by agents of the PDP in Rivers State. This criminal activity has continued and has reached an alarming proportion.”

It reported some supporters had been killed in Ogba/Ebema/Ndoni, Abua/Odual, Ahoada East, Andoni, Khana and Ikwerre local government areas among others.

The party thus called on the National Assembly and the Federal Government to call Wike to order.

Tensions have beset the oil-rich state in recent months.

Scores of people died in the run up to the general polls last year.

Wike won the governorship election whose outcome the APC opposed. 

- CAJ News


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