APC condemns violence against members in Rivers, Gombe

APC condemns violence against members in Rivers, Gombe

Sunday, March 29, 2015 12:02 am

*party also warns on plans to declare curious curfew in Adamawa

Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned the violence perpetrated against its members in Gombe and Rivers State
during Saturday’s elections, saying violence has no place in any democracy.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party in particular condemned the collusion between INEC and the PDP, aided by the police, in Rivers, saying what transpired in the state is nothing but a travesty of elections.

”INEC practically handed over the elections to the PDP in Rivers, depriving APC strongholds of men and material. In Okrika, materials
arrived and were taken to the home of the State Secretary for PDP Ibibia Walter, while all units in Ahoada East and Omuma LGAs do not
have result sheets. To worsen matters, PDP thugs unleashed mayhem on APC voters, killing one member in Tai Local Government and harassing a serving Commissioner.

”Simply put, there was an orchestrated, massive disenfranchisement in APC strongholds,” it said.

APC also condemned the killing of eight of the party’s members, one of them a serving member of the House of Assembly, in Gombe State on Saturday, saying it was aimed at intimidating its members and preventing them from coming out to vote.

The party also said there is a plan to rob former Governor Danjuma Gombe of victory in his senatorial district, as the military commander and the police commissioner in the state are trying to orchestrate a crisis so they can arrest the former Governor and putting him away.

It therefore called for an end to the violence, harassment and intimidation of its members in the state.

The APC also warned against the curious move to declare a night-time curfew in Adamawa State on Saturday,
saying it is aimed at preventing the agents of the APC in the state from getting to the collation centre.

The party said all the agents of the parties that participated in Saturday’s elections in the state must
not be barred from witnessing the collation of the results, under any guise, so that no one will manipulate the outcome of the voting.

”There is something sinister about the sudden move to declare a curfew in Adamawa after elections have been held successfully. We are
therefore warning against any attempt to tamper with the results of the voting in the state. The will of the people must prevail,” it

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