Security agencies have brokered peace between warring parties of the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party counterparts in River State.
Rotimi Amaechi, Nyesom Wike and Lawal Daura
A peace deal was brokered by the acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director-General of the State Security Service, Lawal Daura between top politicians in Rivers State namely the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, NIMASA boss, Dakuku Peterside and Governor Nyesom Wike.
The police spokesperson, Donald Awunah said in a statement Tuesday evening with pictures released by Vanguard newspaper.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, committed themselves to peace in the oil rich state on the same day rerun elections in the state were postponed for fear of violence, according to Premium Times.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, in statement by its secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, announced the suspension of the National Assembly and State Assembly rerun elections earlier slated for July 30, after risk assessments and consultations with security agencies and relevant bodies.
“The reports of these assessments have been almost unanimous in concluding that the prevailing security situation in most parts of the state where elections are to hold are not conducive for peaceful elections,” INEC said.
“In the Commission’s view, the rhetorics of some of the political actors, the incidence of violence in a number of local government areas where these elections are scheduled and the atmosphere of fear and intimidation created present danger in proceeding with elections as earlier scheduled.”
Earlier, INEC conducted the rerun legislative electors on March 19, but “regrettably, the elections in all three Senatorial districts and several other of these constituencies could not be concluded due to violent disruption of the process which necessitated the suspension of the exercise in all the senatorial districts and affected constituencies”.
INEC urged continuous efforts by “respected” individuals, organisations and leaders to douse tension and ensure conducive atmosphere, adding it has responsibility to ensure safety of electorate, electoral personnel and observers.