Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:08 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Amaechi stated this on Thursday at an interactive session with stakeholders at the Obi Wali International Conference centre, Port Harcourt. He spoke on his administration’s readiness for Saturday’s Gubernatorial and State legislative elections.
Amaechi assured the stakeholders of adequate protection of lives and property, based on his recent meeting with the security operatives who have agreed to be fair to all during the polls.
According to him, “what the security operatives and the state government agreed at the meeting was to design a mechanism on how to stop the attempt by militants and PDP thugs to snatch and hijack INEC materials during the Saturday polls. Voters and Party agents should not allow this hoodlums take over the election.”
The Governor warned:”They can’t kill all of us. We are aware that Militants and hired PDP thugs who claim to be loyalists to Mrs. Jonathan are planning mayhem. But, the Police and the Military have assured the state government they will deploy more troops to guarantee safety and protection of lives and property.”
According to the state chief executive, “PDP governorship candidate Nyesom Wike, can go ahead to abuse us as he wants, but the fight to ensure a free, fair and credible election is inevitable. Don’t be intimidated by these forces of darkness. The Police and the Military owe us a duty and responsibility to create a conducive atmosphere for our people to exercise their franchise. Your responsibility as citizens of this state is to come out en masse and vote”.
He canvassed for the APC candidate saying: “The APC guber candidate Dr. Dakuku Peterside is our candidate. Rivers People have a choice to vote Dakuku or Wike, but, as for me, we will all vote for Dakuku Peterside. Nobody has the right or the powers to force any candidate on Rivers people without allowing the people to make their choice of leadership. Our votes must count, there will be no bias this time around. The responsibility of INEC is to provide all the voting materials and result sheets to collate the votes at the polling units”, Amaechi said.
The State Chief Executive expressed dismay over the unlawful activities of Militants and hired political thugs by the PDP in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni local government area and ordered the immediate ban of motorcyclists popularly called (Okada )in and around the local government until the Saturday elections are concluded.
He called on traditional rulers, opinion leaders and party faithful to assist government sensitize their people at the grassroots on the need for the people to come out en masse to exercise their franchise.