Three persons and a soldier have been reportedly killed as elections
turned violent in Rivers state, Southsouth Nigeria on Saturday.
One was killed with a machete in Ozuoha, in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Another person was allegedly shot dead by a soldier at Alode-Eleme Ward 3, Unit 2.
There was also a report that an Ogoni youth known as Mr. Saturday Nkirine was killed in Kpite in Tai Local Government Area.
Essien Essien of 2 Brigade has confirmed the killing of a soldier at
Wimpey area, Ward 9 in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.
He told Governor Chibuike Amaechi that one his soldiers was killed.
were reported cases of shooting in Buguma, Asari Toru local government,
houses were reportedly burnt in Bera, Senator Abe’s community in Gokana
local government area.
However APC in Rivers State has decried the killing of its members and disenfranchising them in various parts of the State.
militias working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have
intensified their killing of APC members. Scores have already been
killed and several others marked for elimination. In Kpite Town, Tai
Ward 2 and other areas of the State, five people were shot dead by PDP’s
armed militia, and that was before accreditation commenced,” he said.
APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said in a statement in Port
Harcourt. Pictures of our killed members are attached.
his party’s ordeal, Ikanya said: “It is sad that PDP and its
collaborators are targeting APC strongholds and chieftains for attacks
and killings. To intimidate our people and contrary to the court ruling
forbidding the use of the Army in this election, there has been a
massive deployment of soldiers in the state with clear instruction to
shoot at sight any APC agent that refuses to comply with the evil plot
of PDP to write the results of the election at some designated areas of
the state in favour of PDP.”
Chief Ikanya gave the following
specific examples of APC’s travails: “Hon. Chidiebere Okwuwolu, former
Commissioner and currently an APC leader, was arrested by police and
taken to Olu Obasanjo Police Station in Port Harcourt along with 99
other arrested APC members in various Police Stations in the State.
Ubima, the home town of Governor Chibuike Amaechi, the INEC results
sheets are currently with Chief Nyesome Wike, the gubernatorial
candidate of PDP in Rivers State. Governor Amaechi has refused to embark
upon any accreditation because of lack of result sheets in all the
polling units in the state, a situation contrived by INEC and PDP to
make room for PDP to rig the election.
“At Andoni, the Local
Government Area of Rivers State APC Chairman, and Chief Uche Secondus,
the National Vice Chairman of PDP and his cousin, Engr Tele Ikuru (the
Deputy Governor of Rivers State who a few days defected to PDP) hell has
been let loose; electoral materials have been hijacked by PDP agents in
connivance with the Army that has been threatening to arrest and kill
any APC chieftains in sight.”
Meanwhile, Rivers State PDP
governorship candidate, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that
despite the initial challenges of accreditation occasioned by the card
readers, elections in the state have been peaceful and transparent.
after casting his vote at Unit 7 Ward 9 in Obio/ Akpor LGA during the
Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, Wike commended
Rivers State indigenes for turning out en masse and peacefully
exercising their franchise.
He said that what happened in Rivers
State was an indication that the people are committed to protecting
democracy, which has transformed their lives.
happiness that contrary to the speculation that the elections will be
marred by violence, the Rivers people proved that they believe in
developmental electioneering process.
He noted that reports
received from PDP agents across Rivers State show that the elections
have been successful, aside the accreditation challenges witnessed in
He urged INEC to take proactive measures to resolve
the accreditation challenges regarding the card readers in respect of
elections on April 11.
He was accompanied to the voting unit by his wife, Justice Suzzette. Both of them voted at Unit 7 Ward 9 of Obio/Akpor LGA.