Thousand of All Progressives Congress Party, APC supporters in Rivers State have shut down Port Harcourt, protesting what they termed killings of their members, harassment and blackmailing of security agencies by the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members.
The aggrieved APC supporters are protesting killings in the state especially during the December 10 re-run elections in the state.
The protesters also demanded the immediate resignation and the investigation of the Rivers State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner and all other electoral officers involved in the just concluded elections.
They alleged that Governor Wike compromised and indulged the INEC officials in bribery/corruption, which subverted the true will of the people, and resulted to a very poor conduct of the rerun election by INEC, as clearly exposed in the trending audio recording of Nyesom Wike’s conversation with INEC officials.
The APC supporters are equally protesting the barbaric killing and beheading of a senior police officer and his men at ONELGA during the last rerun election and other crimes against humanity sponsored/supported by Wike’s government in Rivers State.
They were seen carrying placards with inscriptions such as; “The sacrifice of the police is commendable,” “The Police tried their best but Wike won’t let them be,” “Blood thirsty Wike on the prowl” among others.
Similarly, the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has on Friday called for the prosecution of all those involved in the audio recording alleging electoral malpractices.
A statement by Peterside’s media office in Abuja said that the audio recording showed top officials of Rivers government allegedly offering bribe to INEC officials during the re-run legislative elections in the state.
It said that the allegation contained in the audio record was weighty and needed to be unravelled to serve as a deterrent to others and also to safeguard democratic tenets in the country.
The office noted that the audio tape which had gone viral on the internet, if not checked, would amount to “abuse of the honour and trust reposed on such officials.”
The statement added that the allegation was a misuse of power bestowed on the elected and appointed officials by the people.
Peterside, therefore, called on the officials linked with the audio tape to come out to give a true picture of what transpired and apologize to the people of Rivers state.