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Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has taken Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers to the Senate as the state prepares for a re-run election.

Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has taken Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers to the Senate as the state prepares for a re-run election.

The APC is appealing to the Senate to prevail on the Governor Wike to allow the rescheduled parliamentary re-run elections in the state to hold peacefully and devoid of bloodshed and falsehood, alleging that the delayed poll was first orchestrated by violence allegedly overseen by Wike and some persons suspected to be hired hoodlums by PDP. The party said with the way Wike was going again, residents could be discouraged to come out and vote while those who are courageous could be forcefully denied their rights. “We, however, remain worried that Chief Wike, who has a disdain for democratic principles and who has turned our dear state into Rivers of Blood, has yet to give a guarantee of peace on in his capacity as the Chief Security Officer of the State. “Therefore, while restating readiness for the 10th December polls, we wish to appeal to the Senate to go further in its concern for the conduct of the ballot by prevailing on Governor Wike to allow for a bloodless and peaceful exercise as he has already shed enough blood, including that of 200 of our members slaughtered by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents in the party's desperation to assume total political control of our state,” the party said.
The party further said it was pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari “for the sake of peace and security of our dear state to prevail on Governor Wike to allow peace to reign in Rivers state by stopping to intimidate, frame and arrest members of APC on trumped-up charges and turning the Rivers state government House into a place of arrest of APC members as he is currently doing. “Wike cannot be allowed to continue to act as if he is operating Rivers State as a different country outside another country call Nigeria. “This is to avoid setting up the state on fire as there is a limit to the level of lawlessness being exhibited in Rivers State by the PDP government. “It is sad that by the recent actions of Gov Wike, he has usurped the functions of both the Inspector General of Police and Director of DSS and sadly nobody wants to call him to order? Why must he create uneasiness in Rivers State whenever there will be an election in Rivers state?
“Wike must stop his desperation in setting up innocent Rivers men and women who are not members of his political party as none of his acts this time around will stop Rivers state people from voting in Senator Abe and other APC candidates during the rerun election.” The party urged its members and the entire electorate in the affected areas to get ready to punish the PDP using the election by voting  overwhelmingly for APC candidates. In a statement signed by Chief (Dr) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the APC state chairman, the party said: “We are grateful to the Senate for insisting that the rerun elections in Rivers state be concluded before the end of the second week of December this year. “We also commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for adhering to the Senate's position by fixing 10th December, 2016 for the much-delayed rerun elections. “We as a party will be most relieved if the rerun polls is finally conducted and concluded on the said 10th December at least to allow our members who have suffered most in this regard to have the opportunity to take their rightful places in both the National and State Assemblies.
But the governor, Nyesom Wike had on Saturday accused the APC of already printing results of the yet-to-be-concluded rerun election in the state.

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