The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, on Monday, called on the people of the State to avenge the murder of over 100 of its members who allegedly lost their lives during the Governorship elections in the state by rejecting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and voting for APC candidates during the re-run State and national Assembly polls.
The party made the call in a statement signed by its State Chairman, Dr. Davis Ibiamu Ikanya, and issued in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers APC said, “We had hoped that the Supreme Court would align itself with the position of local and international observers, as well as the Election Tribunal and Appeal Court, all of whom agreed that what took place in Rivers State in the name of elections in March and April 2015 was a sham but that hope did not materialise, thus robbing the good people of the State of the opportunity to elect a Governor of their choice.
“While we have accepted the Supreme Court’s position, we wish to appeal to the Rivers electorate to avenge the over 100 of our members whose lives were cut short because of the so called 2015 elections by overwhelmingly rejecting PDP and voting for APC candidates during the re-run State and national Assembly polls now scheduled to hold on March 19. This is the only way to ensure that the death of the over 100 democracy martyrs was not in vain.”
The party alleged that the PDP does not deserve to win even one seat during the re-run elections, stating that the party does not have the interest of Rivers people at heart.
“We trust the discerning Rivers electorate to make the right choice by voting only APC candidates during the forthcoming re-run elections. Our candidates are trusted leaders that have proven themselves in past assignments and we are very convinced that they will provide the type of leadership needed at this time to move both Nigeria and Rivers State forward,” the party said.
Rivers APC lauded the ex-Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Dr. Temitope Aluko, for his display of courage when he publicly revealed how the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti was rigged, adding that what happened in Ekiti was a child’s play compared to what APC suffered last year in Rivers State.
“Nigerians should prepare for a bombshell when the Rivers State episode is revealed in the nearest future,” the statement said.