EX-LEADER of the Niger Delta Vigilantes, Ateke Tom and others have asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to stop plans of reorganising its governorship rally in Okrika, Rivers State, Biafraland to avoid further breakdown of law and order in the area.

According to the ex-militant and other concerned persons in the area, this order also applies to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties.

Meanwhile, the APC has alleged that the attack at its rally last week was planned to eliminate the party's gubernatorial candidate, Dakuku Peterside, adding that it has documented the series of inflicted violence and killings of its members to be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, ECOWAS and other major international bodies.

Speaking after a stakeholders' meeting, he stressed that the decision to advise APC not to contemplate reorganizing the rally was bound of the desire to preserve peace, law and order in the area.

Tom, whom the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, had accused of being one of the masterminds of the attack last week, explained that the people of Okrika want to preserve the existing peace in the community. He insisted that the people of Okrika no longer want any trouble in their community.

It would be recalled that the APC State Chairman, Davis Ibiamu Ikanya, after last week's attack declared that the party would still return to Okrika to organise the governorship rally.

A community leader, Marcus Omabipi, said stakeholders at the meeting took an unanimous decision to ban all formers of political rallies in Okrika to forestall further violence. He noted that while political parties are free to talk on issues that will help move the state forward, they should however be circumspect and refrain from insulting persons and institutions. He further added that all eligible voter of Okrika extraction is free to vote for any party and candidate of his or her choice in the forthcoming general election.

Rivers APC chairman, Davis Ibiamu Ikanya, while receiving the report of a committee set up to investigate increasing cases of electoral violence in the State, said the party has documented over 150 acts of violence inflicted on its members to be forwarded to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and other international bodies.

Ikanya appealed to the international community to come to the party's aid, because the APC can no longer fold its arms and watch while its members are being viciously attacked and slaughtered by people whose mission and vision in politics is to spread violence all in a bid to grab political power. According to him, what makes the situation more pathetic is that security agencies in Rivers State, including the police and the Department of State Security (DSS), have failed to make any arrest or call the opposition Peoples Democratic Party leadership to order simply because they are controlled by the PDP-led Federal Government, which is desperate to take over Rivers State at all cost.


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