Port Harcourt — Amid growing security concerns ahead of Saturday's elections, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to desist from promoting electoral violence.He said it was disturbing that APC leadership would resort to electoral violence, when they ostracised themselves from the political contest.
During a town hall meeting with Ogoni stakeholders in Bori yesterday, the governor urged the people to be peaceful and vigilant to ensure that their votes count."Just be vigilant and protect your votes. We have no security with us, but we have the Chief Security Officer of the world on our side. If they like, they should bring police, army and thugs from all over the world, we are quite confident that we shall smile on March 9, 2019. Come out and vote for people you can vouch for," he said.
Wike said that the state government would hold a remembrance service for those killed at Abonnema during the presidential and National Assembly elections, adding that the state government would reach out to the bereaved families.
While urging Rivers people to adopt a peaceful disposition all through the governorship and state assembly elections, he reminded those planning to use security forces to kill Rivers people that security personnel would come and go, but Rivers would remain."You are not participating in the elections; why are you killing our people? You should allow the will of God to prevail. Talk to our children to avoid being used for violence. Reject violence as being propagated by the APC," he said.
The governor declared that "those who want to shed blood in Rivers will never succeed."He wondered why APC leaders were plotting to destroy the state, whereas the people and government never caused any problem in the APC.
"APC fought themselves and pushed themselves out of the race. Now they want to kill everyone in the state. What is the offence of Rivers people that we must all die because the APC excluded themselves from the ballot? Where are the children of the APC leaders preaching violence in Rivers?" Wike noted that nobody from Rivers vied for presidency on February 23, 2019, yet the APC visited death on Rivers people.