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Tensions run high as Amaechi tours Rivers ahead of elections

17 March 2016, 10:43Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The tensions in the Rivers State ahead of the re-run election set for Saturday are taking a turn for the worse.

It has emerged former governor, Rotimi Amaechi, planned monitoring tour of all the electoral units in the state by during the exercise. 

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the move as “not only provocative but also aimed at inciting crisis in the state.”

“Amaechi, after failing in his bid to orchestrate commotion in some parts of the State through the activities of cultists and compromised military personnel acting on his orders, has decided to execute his last and final plot through the planned tour,” PDP Rivers Chairman, Felix Obuah, said.

Alleging the planned tour was unconstitutional and a direct affront on the electoral law, Obuah warned that the “boastful Minister of Transport”.

Also read: PDP faults INEC's postponement of FCT council elections

Amaechi should be held responsible for the consequences of such a “dangerous undertaking.” Amaechi serves in the portfolio in the Federal Government.

Obuah urged the Chief of Army Staff and the Brigade Commander of the Nigerian Army in Bori Camp to respond to Amaechi’s claimed planned deal with the army to flood the state with soldiers after he reportedly claimed they were more loyal to him than the police.

“The way and manner Amaechi is carrying on and going about intimidating people with his claim of having the army in his pocket calls for caution and a clear cut statement from the Army high command and the Brigade Command whether Amaechi’s claim is true or not to disabuse the minds of the people.”

Governor Nyesom Wike has been quoted as urging voters to beat up Amaechi when they sighted him at electoral units. Amaechi remained defiant.

Wike alleged Amaechi’s All Progressives Congress (APC) has colluded with electoral authorities to rig the polls. 

- CAJ News


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