The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the heavy deployment of soldiers in Rivers state ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections would ensure the exercise is more secure to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
Speaking after meeting with British diplomats at his Port Harcourt residence on Friday, March 8, Amaechi criticised the Rivers sate governor, Nyesom Wike, wondering why he was worried about the military presence in the state.
The minister said Governor Wike preferred a situation to freely manipulate polls. “All Wike has done so far is killings and he doesn’t care about the lives of the people.
“Would Governor Wike and his PDP party prefer the election of 2015 where thugs overwhelmed the state and unleashed terror on innocent Rivers people that resulted in the loss of so many lives on the streets of Port Harcourt? asked Mr Amaechi. “Even my cousin was also killed in front of Wike father’s house.
” According to the former governor, Wike’s plan is to see the total withdrawal of the military so he can have a “free hand to start killing APC members as they did in the previous elections.
“You are aware that they killed four APC members in the LGA of the PDP national chairman and beheaded them and took away their corpses.”
Amaechi said during his tenure as governor of the state, he gave people assurances that his life is as important as their own lives.
Since the APC is not participating in the elections in Rivers state, Amaechi has endorsed the African Action Congress (AAC) governorship candidate to challenge Governor Wike.
“My party is not on the ballot for tomorrow’s election and you know I have the right to vote, that is why I will vote for the candidate of the AAC,” he said.