*Wants Security Operatives To Tackle Any Act Of Misconduct
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has advised all the participating parties in Saturday’s Local Government Council election to establish a friendly atmosphere devoid of political violence despite threat by the All Progressive Congress to disrupt the peaceful process with the proliferation of arms with the state.
Wike, stated this during Thursday’s State broadcast, where challenged the security operatives of the state to maintain a peaceful atmosphere without displaying any form of sentiment in their conduct.
He revealed that certain local government areas such as Abua / Odual , Akuku Toru , Asari Toru , Degema , Emohua , Ikwerre, Ogba /Egbema / Ndoni , Opobo and Tai local have been target by APC to cause unnecessary violence.
“The arrowheads of this satanic plot , the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress , Mr . Ojukaye Flag- Amachree ; a former Commissioner for Agriculture , Mr . Emmanuel Chinda ; and current Nigeria ’s Ambassador to Netherlands , Ambassador Orji N . Ngofa , are recruiting and arming political thugs with guns to be deployed on the eve of the election to create an atmosphere of insecurity in these and other local government areas and scare voters to shun the polling stations .
“In the light of the these dangerous threats from Ojukaye and co -travellers , therefore, I wish to call on the security agencies , especially the Nigeria Police to live up to their primary responsibility of providing adequate security for the election and deal decisively with those who may attempt to disturb the peace , order and security of the state before, during and after the election .”
“ Community leaders and members of the public should be on the watch- out and report suspicious characters and movements in their localities and neighbourhoods to the law enforcement agencies for immediate action.
“Also , the security agencies have definite instructions to strictly enforce the restrictions on human and vehicular movement on Election Day and arrest any person or group of persons that violate this order.The governor stated that there was no legal obstacle stopping the conduct of the elections.
“Let me, therefore, appeal to all registered voters to turn out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice . This is a civic responsibility you must exercise in order to rekindle the torch of democracy , good governance and accountability in the local government.
By Augustine Akhilomen