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Nyesom Wike’s Fresh Death Threats On INEC, Army

By ORIH CHIBUIKE, The Nigerian Voice, Abuja
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In the preparation to March 19, 2016 Rivers State rerun elections, the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is worried by the fresh death threats issued by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) especially on Mrs. Amina Zakari, a National INEC Commissioner who has a record of supervising some of the most credible, free and fair elections by INEC in the past.

The Rivers state governor has also issued dangerous threats of the Nigerian Army.

According to the press statement signed National Secretary All Progressives Congress Mai Mala Buni said the Party also views Nyesom Wike’s petition to the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), Africa Union (AU) and the governments of about 50 countries demanding “global surveillance” for the Rivers rerun election as an affront on the 1999 Constitution (as amended), INEC and Federal Government’s power.

Nyesom Wike has been in the forefront of inciting the people of Rivers state against INEC and the Nigerian Army.

On Tuesday, Nyesom Wike accused INEC Commissioner Mrs. Amina Zakari of an unsubstantiated and cooked up plot to swap election result sheets in the yet-to-be-conducted election.

He went ahead to issue a death threat on the INEC Commissioner over the unsubstantiated and cooked up plot.

The APC takes Nyesom Wike’s death threats and campaign of calumny against INEC and the Nigerian Army seriously.

Under Nyesom Wike’s watch, the country and indeed the international community has been traumatised by the daily lynching, maiming, killing and beheading of APC members and supporters in Rivers state.

The APC believes that Nyesom Wike’s repeated threats to INEC to “write their will” before coming to conduct elections in the state is real and must be looked into by relevant security agencies.

The APC calls on relevant security agencies to hold Nyesom Wike responsible for any breakdown of law and order before, during and after the March 19, 2016 Rivers State rerun elections.

The party also welcomes President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to security services to deal decisively with sponsors and perpetuators of political violence in Rivers State.

The Police and other security agencies must ensure that the murderers and their sponsors are brought to book and must face the full wrath of the law.

The APC reiterates that the politically-motivated killings in Rivers State is a real emergency that should not be treated with kid gloves. The situation is distressing, tragic and a huge source of worry to the party.

The APC hereby calls on security agencies to be on high alert over the dangerous threats and actions by Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike and by extension the PDP in the lead-up to the Rivers rerun election.

While we call on INEC and security operatives to be mindful of the dangerous threats by the Rivers State Governor, the APC is confident in INEC and security agencies ability to deliver peaceful, free and credible supplementary election come March 19, 2016.