- The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers wants security agencies in Nigeria to be commended for their roles in election coverage
- The APC recalls how it lost some of its members in Rivers during the elections in 2015
- The party accuses some political stakeholders of using the claim to blackmail security agents
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers on Tuesday, March 12, said it was important that Nigerians and the international community commend the country’s military over its roles during the elections.
The party said this in a statement released by Chris Finebone, its spokesperson.
According to the APC, which said it endorsed and adopted the AAC governorship candidate, Engr Awara Biokpomabo, ahead of the election in the state, said it was shocked over the level of criticisms that greeted the participation of soldiers in the election.
“We are dismayed that critical stakeholders including those who witnessed the killing of over 40 persons on the 2015 governorship election day alone due to someone’s quest to become governor by all means, appear to be hoodwinked by the very same character to believe that security agents especially the Army should have stayed away to allow a repetition of what happened in 2015.
“As a party that was solely at the receiving end of killings in Rivers state by the ruling PDP and their agents, the APC believes that the proactive steps taken by security agents to checkmate a repeat of the 2015 killings and destructions, is commendable and should be applauded by all peace-loving people.
“We believe that if such a step was taken before or during the 2015 elections and thereafter, prominent APC members such as late Chief Christopher Adube and his five children and driver would not have been murdered in one fell swoop in ONELGA in just one evening leaving the young son of Chief Adube consigned to the wheel chair to date," the party said.
The party said it was satisfied that the 2019 general elections is a clear departure from the orgy of violence and killings that characterised the 2015 elections in the state.
“However, we send our heart-felt sympathy to the families of the slain INEC ad-hoc staff, Mrs Ibisaki Amachree, who died under curious circumstances while serving his fatherland during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
“We also send our profound condolences to the families of the lieutenant of the Nigerian Army and other officers and men who were targeted and killed or injured by criminals in the state. We pray that God grant their souls eternal rest while giving their family members the fortitude to bear their losses.
“We must establish our disapproval of the tendencies by a section of stakeholders in the polity especially some supposed local and international observers who appear not to appreciate the daunting and onerous task the security agencies are undertaking to ensure that Rivers people were able to come out and vote safely and their vote counted.
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"This is the most unkind way to encourage or pay back those who have and are still risking their lives for the rest of us.
“We call on Rivers people and Nigerians not to be hoodwinked into believing that Nigerian security agencies interfered in the electoral process in Rivers state.
“That is only a clever narrative being planted in the media to particularly blackmail the military and the federal government into pulling out security agents from the state and returning it to the killing field many of us witnessed before, during and after the 2015 elections till date,” the statement said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Army on Monday, March 11, denied any involvement in the tension and violence that took place in some states of the federation during the governorship election held on Saturday, March 9.
The Nigerian Army accused some unnamed politicians of recruiting thugs, arming and sponsoring them to engage in ballot snatching and scuttling of election processes in the affected states.
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