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Violence in Rivers elections was introduced by my generation - Advocacy group leader

Violence in Rivers elections was introduced by my generation - Advocacy group leader

- Violence in Rivers state politics, especially during election period, has continued to be an issue of concern to many in the country

- The leader of an advocacy group known as the Rivers Unity House (RUH), Kingsley Wali, has said that his generation introduced violence in the state's elections

- In regret, Wali said that those within his age bracket owe Nigerians apologies for the awful trend in the state

Kingsley Wali, the leader of an advocacy group known as the Rivers Unity House (RUH) on Thursday, August 23, blamed his generation for introducing the culture of violence and destruction in elections in the state, Vanguard reports.

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Decrying the negative influence of violence in the development of the state, Wali said: “My generation destroyed our politics and I think my generation owes this current generation a duty to say we are sorry we created this wrong and we need to move on.

"Moving forward, you need to do it differently. Let’s face it, what has violence done for the people politically? People have gotten into power. You use people and discard them. Even those who used and discard people, what has it done to them? Nothing.

"They have not really made any progress. What you see are people having temporary comfort and at the end of the day because of the way they got the wealth, it is not sustainable.

“Why not try sustainable growth where people are seen as part of a system and they put all hands together to ensure it works because if it works, it will work for everybody. We are looking for a situation where we create a system that works.

“What we speak for and against is the ailment in the society. It affects the political class, affects my own party, APC. So, it is not a case of demoralizing the other side of the coin. It is something that is destroying every facet of the economy.

“You will find out that whatever transpired in last Saturday’s by-election will equally play out in the parties. I wouldn’t bother myself with details of who did what, but at times like this, the whole system is flared up and the confusion out there will blind most of us to the truth.”

Former Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, on the occasion said that his generation was ready to make amends, having failed the people.

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Kwanee said: “The very day you realise you have erred, you apologise and take it up from there, that is your good morning. Our generation, those within our age bracket, we have failed the people. There is no shame about it.”

Meanwhile, reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had disagreed with Governor Nyesom Wike's allegation that the police should be blamed for the violence that marred the Saturday, August 18, by-election in Rivers state.

While the INEC chief praised the police for wading in and preventing total break down of law and order during the election, Governor Wike blamed the police for causing the violence that marred the election.

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