All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State chapter has expressed sadness over last Saturday’s victory celebration by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, describing it as shameful and insensitive.
The party stated this in a statement issued yesterday by its state chairman,Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
The statement which reads in part says, “The so called Victory Celebration held two days ago, February 27, 2016, at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt, was nothing but the celebration of PDP’s bloody victory obtained through massive rigging and the shedding of the blood of over 100 APC members murdered by PDP agents to usher in the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“The celebration is shameful, callous and insensitive to the injured feelings of families still grieving for their loved ones needlessly killed by PDP agents during the campaigns and the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial elections.”
Dr Ikanya expressed fear over the safety of APC members in the state in view of the subsisting war mood of PDP signaled by the formal welcoming of Ali Modu Sheriff, the National Chairman of PDP and the Governor of Ekiti State, Peter Ayodele Fayose into the politics of Rivers State by Governor Wike.
The party noted that the visit of the duo described as controversial could only lead to heightened insecurity in Rivers State before the rerun elections of March 19.
Concerning security in the state, Rivers APC asked in the statement: “For how long must we as a political party continue to suffer these humiliations and killing of our members while the security organs watch? How long must this continue before both the Federal Government and the international community act to secure our lives and restore sanity to our State?”
Continuing, the statement said: “As we plead with the Police, DSS and other security organs not to give up on our State, we wish to commend the good people of Rivers state for their resoluteness and steadfastness. We wish to encourage them not to relent but to remain united and focused to secure our State by massively voting out all PDP candidates during the re-run.”
– Nigerian Pilot