The state All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm of the intimidation of the party’s witnesses at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal going on in Abuja.
The state party chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya made the allegation in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According, “In the light of the above, we are very disturbed by the persistent threats to the lives of our witnesses. Photos of the APC witnesses were posted on Facebook by a group known as The Youth Coalition For Good Governance.
“They held a demonstration and tagged our witnesses with all sorts of unprintable names and accused them of being saboteurs. Today, these men live in hiding and can no longer do their businesses freely to maintain their families.”
The APC also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to urgently institute a probe into murders in the State associated with the 2015 polls as well.
Ikanya States “We wish to lend our voice to the petition recently sent to our dear President and the security agencies by the Greater Together (New Media) Organization titled, ‘The Case Of 97 Murdered Citizens In Rivers State: A Call For Justice And Protection Of The Lives Of Our Tribunal Witnesses’.
That petition captured the threat and present insecurity in Rivers State and the lukewarm attitude of impostor governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, over this sad situation.
It is a cause for concern that in spite local and international condemnations that followed the violence-ridden elections in Rivers State held on 28th March and 11th April, the security agencies are not known to have investigated, arrested or prosecuted anyone for the murder and arson unleashed on innocent Nigerians, whose only offence was to belong to and support a political party of their choice, as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution,” the party submitted.
The party recalled that the immediate past Governor of the State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, yielded to the people’s cry for justice by constituting the Professor Chidi Odinkalu Commission of Inquiry into the heinous crimes committed before, during and after the elections.
“However, on assumption of office, Chief Nyesom Wike procured a court judgment barring the constituted Chidi Odinkalu Commission of Inquiry. This desperate action by Chief Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) denied the people justice.
Nevertheless, the Prof. Chidi Odinkalu Commission had earlier unravelled 97 cases of murder, 278 incidents of persons with bodily harms, 83 cases of total destruction of properties etc. This was gathered from the recorded testimonies of about 43 witnesses with written petitions, indicting Chief Nyesom Wike and his associates,” Rivers APC said.
– Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt