The South South Zonal Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress has urged the people of Rivers state to hold chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party accountable for the breach of peace in the state following recent targeted attacks on members of the APC.
The party said the people should ask their daughter and First Lady, Patience Jonathan, why she has not been bothered about the recent bombing in Okrika and the new wave of political brigandage in parts of the state.
The party urged the people to note that the first lady has also not come out to publicly deny a recent accusation by Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, that she was the mastermind of the Okrika explosion as well as the fact that the PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike has not defended Mrs. Jonathan on the accusation nor condemned the violence in the state.
The APC however affirmed the accusation by Mr. Amaechi that the wife of the President was responsible for the bomb explosion in Okrika local government area which disrupted an APC rally in the area last week.
It also accused the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Wike of being a mastermind of the violence against APC members in parts of the state.
A statement credited to the National Vice Chairman, South South, of the APC, Hilliard Eta and endorsed by his media aide, Bassey Ita, condemned the recent Okrika violence as well as last Sunday’s kidnapping of the Rivers Governor’s aide, Freddy Ndigara, by unknown gunmen at the party’s campaign ground in Kaana local government area.
“Such barbaric and heinous tendencies as the Okrika bombing and the kidnap of fellow humans as that of Mr. Freddy Ndigara can only be masterminded by those who have sold their conscience and regard for human lives to the leadership of the abyss,” the statement said. “Such persons can only appreciate desperation, criminality, violence and related vices in attempting their ambitions.
“Patience Jonathan has not come out clean on the accusation by Governor Amaechi on the Okrika violence and Wike has also not made any statement to deny the accusation against his mistress neither has he come out in the open to condemn the act against the people he seeks to govern.
“Indeed, if the Rivers people raise these posers they would realize that we do not need a clairvoyant to tell us that these folks are the masterminds and it has become clear that their only exploit in politics is to get power not for the people’s interest; but specifically to steal the common patrimony dry and further pauperize the people, hence their exhibition of all forms of desperation and brigandage to attempt their ambition as the ones we’ve experienced in the state so far.
“Otherwise, why has it not interest the First Lady to probe a recent bomb attack at her home town and why has Wike not lead the war to unravel the masterminds of the sudden rise in violence in the state he wants to govern?”
It called on Rivers people to reject the PDP and their desperation and violent approach to politics as this was an indication that such persons if voted in would run a pariah state where peace, tranquillity and the attendant development would be elusive.