Port Harcourt - Ahead of the March 19 legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the state Government has petitioned the governments of 50 countries of the world demanding global surveillance on the process to ensure the conduct of a free, fair and credible election in the state.
The petition which was signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George, and sent to the embassies of the 50 countries, accused leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, notably, the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, and Dakuku Peterside of resorting to intimidating tactics and openly inciting violence against members of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and anyone who holds a different political perspective in the state.
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The petition read in part: “I write on behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State, Nigeria to inform you respectfully of the imminent danger posed to the peace and stability of Rivers State, by the actions and provocative utterances of the leaders of theAll Progressives Congress (APC)”.
“in a series of media interviews that began with an appearance on “Focus Nigeria” a live programme on African Independent Television (AIT) in Abuja, and with radio stations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister for Transportation in Nigeria continues to use language that is both inciting and dangerously divisive ”.
It added that Amaechi had also publicity threatened to “flood” every polling unit in Rivers State with soldiers in a bid to rig the election in favour of the APC, and described the threat by Rotimi Amaechi to militarize the re-run polls as “alarmingly dangerous and illegal”, noting that the military had no constitutional role in the country’s electoral process.
The petition also alerted that “homes of key leaders of People Democratic Party are being routinely raided and vandalized by Amaechi’s goons, and plans have already been perfected to arrest all leaders of the PDP in Rivers State 48 hours to the election”.
The Rivers State Government expressed disappointment over the fact that repeated appeals to the President to call Mr. Amaechi to order had gone unheeded, and warned that the eruption of violence in a state like Rivers, with “multi ethnic fault lines could cripple Nigeria’s ailing economy, and reverberate across the country borders”.
The petition further called on the international community to; “urgently initiate and maintain pressure on the Federal Government of Nigeria to allow free, fair and violence free elections in Rivers State”.
The petition was sent to the governments of the United States, Australia, China, the European Union, the Chairman of the African Union, among others.
- News 24