LAGOS: THE Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has initiated moves to report the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to international bodies over the violence the latter allegedly unleashed in the region. APC will report its rival to the United Nations, Amnesty International and Economic Community of West African States, among others.
Along this line, the Rivers State APC leadership has set up a ten-man committee to compile evidence of attacks against APC members, offices and properties. Peter Odike, the Rivers State APC Deputy Chairman, chairs the committee.
Rivers State APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, has inaugurated the committee which has been given a week to submit its report and recommendations.
Ikanya urged it to specifically get details of how the party’s two secretariats in Okirika and Adoni were bombed within a space of less than a week, how many APC members have been killed or maimed, and the circumstances under which these evils were perpetrated.
“It has become the trend to attack our members and destroy APC’s campaign billboards, posters and banners, particularly those of our party’s standard bearer, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, whenever the party is to go out for campaign in any particular locality.
“In any local government area where Chief Nyesome Wike, the PDP Leader and gubernatorial candidate, is going to campaign, PDP thugs move round overnight and remove APC’s billboards, posters and banners to create the impression that Wike is fully on the ground in the area while he knows that he is not on ground in any part of Rivers State,” Ikanya said.
“We can no longer fold our arms and watch while we are being viciously attacked and slaughtered by people, whose mission and vision in politics is to spread violence as their own way of grabbing power, having seen that they have been overwhelmingly rejected by the electorates.
“What makes the situation more pathetic is that security agencies in Rivers State, including the Police and the Department of State Security (DSS), have failed to make any arrest or call the PDP leadership to order simply because they are controlled by the PDP-led Federal Government, which is desperate to take over Rivers State at all cost.” He said Rivers State APC believed in a violence-free election and campaign based on issues.
“We hereby appeal to the international community to come to our rescue as unchecked violence in Rivers State has the potential to instigate a chain of events that may truncate Nigeria’s nascent democracy.”
He nonetheless commended elder statesman Bolaji Akinyemi, Kofi Annan former Secretary General of the United Nations and our own Chief Emeka Anyaoku the former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, for initiating the Peace Accord the parties recently endorsed to ensure violence-free elections.
“We, however, wish to state that we should not stop at the Abuja Peace Accord. We, therefore, wish to draw the attention of Mr. Annan and Chief Anyaoku to the observation of the USA Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, that if care is not taken, Rivers State may be a battle ground during the forthcoming elections.”
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY