APC, Gateway To Election Violence, Says Rivers PDP Chairman, Obuah
…Urges President Buhari To Speak Out Against Rigging, Violence
As more reactions trail the success of last Saturday Local Government Elections in Rivers State, the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Bro. Felix Obuah says it is now obvious that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State has been largely responsible for all the vices associated with past elections in the State.
Bro. Obuah in a statement in Port Harcourt by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said the peace and decorum that greeted the election across the State lends credence to the fact that PDP does not only preach peace but puts it into practice as evidenced in the just concluded election.
He said it was for that reason that PDP swept the polls across the State, adding that the feat not only emphasized the wide acceptance of the party by Rivers people but also demonstrated a determination to enthrone democracy in the State.
Bro. Obuah said the lessons drawn from the Local Government Elections manifestly exposed the APC members in the State as habitually violent, adding that “It was a historic election, the best of its kind in the annals of Rivers State history. This goes to show that APC is gateway to violence”.
According to Bro. Obuah, regardless of whatever reasons the APC may have adduced to stay away from the elections, it is now clear that APC has been responsible for the avoidable thuggry during elections in the State.
His words, “As we can observe from this historic election, it is crystal clear that those who hire thugs and criminals to manipulate elections in Rivers State are the APC. They refused to participate in the election because their evil strategies were exposed and Rivers people would not allow them to have their way any longer”.
Bro. Obuah further noted that APC’s absence in the election brought peace across the polling units, wards, Local Government Areas and the State at large.
“All through the election, there were no reported cases of using security operatives, particularly the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to manipulate election results, hijack ballot boxes and intimidate political opponents”, Bro. Obuah stated, adding that those were common traits usually carried out by the APC when involved in elections.
The State PDP Chairman while describing the just concluded local government elections as a model also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to borrow a leaf from it as a standard for the 2019 General Elections.
Bro. Obuah also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to make a statement to the effect that violence, thuggery and the use of security agencies to manipulate elections would not be accepted during the 2019 General Elections.