Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The South-south Zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed the political violence meted out on members of the party in Rivers State on Nigeria’s first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan and the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Mr. Nyesom Wike.
National Vice Chairman of the APC in the South-south zone, Comrade Hilliard Eta, accused the duo against the backdrop of the recent disruption of the party’s governorship campaign rally in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State and kidnap of Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s aide, Mr.Freddy Ndigara , on Sunday by unknown gunmen at the party’s campaign ground in Kaana Local Government Area.
Eta who issued a statement condemning the spate of violence against APC members said both chieftains of the PDP should take much of the blame for the acts of violence perpetrated against members of the party in Rivers State.
In the text signed by Eta’s media aide, Bassey Ita, and made available to journalists yesterday, the APC zonal Vice Chairman urged the people of the state to ask their daughter, Mrs. Jonathan, why she has not bothered about the recent bombing and political violence in Okrika and the new wave of political brigandage in parts of the state.
Eta said, ‘’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. “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 leader, 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 realise 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 pauperise 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.”
Eta queried the silence maintained on the acts of violence saying ,‘’Otherwise, why has it not interested the First Lady to probe the recent bomb attacks at her home town, and why has Wike not led the war to unravel the masterminds of the sudden rise in violence in the state he wants to govern?’’
Eta urged the electorate in Rivers State to reject the PDP and their desperate and violent approach to politics because “it is an indication that if candidates of the PDP are voted into power they will run a pariah state where peace, tranquility and development would be elusive”.