Government & Politics

Rivers Rerun: Abe Condemns Wike’s Threat To INEC


Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Rivers South East senatorial district, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has statement credited to the Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) coming to conduct rerun elections in the state should write their will.

The governor had while addressing civil servants in the state, warned INEC officials to write their will if they are coming to rig the scheduled rerun elections in the state, saying those that rig the forthcoming rerun would be treated like armed robbers

But, Abe, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday by his media aide, Parry Saro Benson, said the statement is not only inappropriate but unhelpful as that is a call to violence.

The APC senatorial hopeful, who was chairman of Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) from 2011 to 2015, noted that no INEC officials have ever been summarily tried, sentenced and extra-judicially executed, which is what he is now calling for.

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He said, “I appeal to the candidates to be issue based in their campaigns and discuss matters that benefit our people. Candidates should desist from indulging in character assassination, campaign of calumny, attrition and naked propaganda.”

While calling on the youths to refrain from making themselves willing tools in the hands of unscrupulous politicians, who want to use them to perpetrate violence for their selfish aggrandizement while, their children are living comfortably and safe overseas, Abe appealed to candidates of other political parties to dissuade their supporters from engaging in violence.

The APC chieftain said, “We owe our people the moral responsibility as leaders, irrespective of our political affiliations, to ensure that our supporters shun all forms of violence and thuggery before, during and after the elections.”

He enjoined all candidates to lend their voice to the campaign against political violence as this will go a long way to saving lives, which no man can create, and checking the excesses of party supporters.

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