Harassment by Police will no more exist in Rivers – Amaechi
With the baton of leadership about to change at the centre in Nigeria, Rivers State Governor and Director-General of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has predicted police peaceful co-existence with the people, saying there would be no more police brutality or molestation in the state.
He stated this while interacting with APC supporters during his Ward to Ward campaign in Emohua and Ikwerre local government areas of the state at the weekend.
He also urged the people to vote for Dr. Dakuku Peterside, APC governorship candidate in the state for the April 11 gubernatorial polls.
“Next Saturday, I expect everybody to come out and vote. There will be no police molestation again. There will be no army harassment again. Any Police that molests you must be preparing to retire and this time, it will not be retirement, it will be punishment for retirement, so come out to vote. We are looking for you to come out to vote,” Amaechi said.
“The reason why I am running from ward to ward is to encourage you to come out because after what the police and the army did the last time, everybody will be afraid to come out. Saturday, we should all come out to vote and as your governor, I urge you to vote for APC”.
He re-emphasized that his government would set up a commission of enquiry to look into election-related deaths in the state during the March 28 Presidential election.
According to him, those found guilty by the law would be punished according to the law. “We have agreed to set up a commission of enquiry to investigate all the killings so far. So, all those people who killed, we shall punish them. Whether they like it or not, they must account for everybody they killed”.
“For the police, we believe that by now they must have learnt their lesson. We believe that by now they must have known that they were politicians and not Nigerian Police. This Saturday, we expect them to be Nigerian Police and not Nigerian politicians”.
While in Emohua, the governor campaigned in Ogbakiri, Ibaa, Obele, Rumuewhor Odegu and Elele.
Also speaking to APC supporters in Ikwerre local government area, particularly in Igwuruta, Ipo, Omademe, Ozuaha, Omuanwa, Isiokpo, Omagwa and Aluu, Amaechi told the people to vote APC all the way.
Amaechi averred that Buhari's administration will usher people-oriented policies, programmes and projects, and genuine democratic ideals that will bring the desired change.
According to him: “It is important that we all must come out to vote this time around, so that we can stop the PDP from writing election results for us. You cannot seat at home and win election, so, all of us must come out and vote for APC. APC party agents, this time around must take their duties seriously.
“All of us saw how the APC Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari won the election. We in Rivers State have a commitment to reflect our votes for Dr. Dakuku Peterside, so, we can carry on with development. We still have your roads to complete. The flyover at Rukpokwu, if we vote in APC, Dakuku as our Governor, we will indeed have closer ties with the federal government, and I assure you industries and other developmental projects will be attracted to Rivers State. That is why we must all come out enmass to vote for APC in the upcoming Saturday Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections. There are so many opportunities to benefit from if you vote APC. This is our opportunity and we can't afford to miss it,” Amaechi said.
The governor also tasked women and youths of APC to resist any attempt by the PDP to rig the April 11 general elections in the state. “From today, women and youths will have to work until the guber and state Assembly elections are over. I can give you an example of what happened in Bauchi state, where youths and hunters took the decision to protect their votes from the polling units to the INEC office, until the votes were counted and declared. Here, our mothers and women, should protect our votes from 7:00 a.m. in the morning at the polling units, until after voting and results are declared at the polling units, please, don't leave your polling units. The security agents are at polling units to protect you, don't be scared of any arrest, exercise your franchise without fear”, Amaechi noted.
Governor Amaechi also during the tour paid a condolence visit on late Ikechi Dimkpa's family at Ipo community who was gunned down by suspected PDP political thugs during the just concluded presidential elections in the area.
He promised to give assistance and support the family of the bereaved. The governor also on behalf of the party leadership in the state received people who decamped from PDP to APC.