President Mohammadu Buhari has finally broken his silence over the recent killings in Rivers State. Speaking in Malabo on Tuesday March 15, the president said he will deal decisively with all those sponsoring violence in Rivers state.
“I have given the security services clear directives in this regard.”
Speaking during an interactive meeting with Nigerians resident in Equatorial Guinea, the president said his government will no longer tolerate any form of violence in the region, whether before, during or after elections.
“We will show that violence in any form will no longer be tolerated before, during or after elections.”
There has been an upsurge of violence in the oil-rich state ahead of National and State Assembly rerun elections holding in the state on Saturday March 19.
APC members in the state have alleged that 32 of their members have so far been shot, clubbed or beheaded in the run up to Saturday’s election, and have accused the Peoples Democratic Party-led Rivers government of sponsoring and stoking violence against its members.
Reacting to the accusations, governor Wike slammed APC for claiming their members as the killers. He said the killers were cultists and that the killings were done in the course of clashes by rival cult members.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won all available seats in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States re-run elections last weekend.
In Cross River State, PDP candidate Eteng Williams won the Yakur II State constituency seat in the Cross River State House of Assembly. Mr. Williams won 4,380 votes to defeat APC candidate Bassey Inah and Labour Party candidate Eno Inam, who won respectively, 3,670 and 2,180 votes.
Also the senatorial seat in Akwa Ibom State was won by Bassey Albert, who had 256,110 votes, defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Emmanuel Obot and Accord Party candidate Ubong Edet, who had 36,775 votes and 6,368 votes respectively.
The PDP also won the five State constituencies in Akwa Ibom State. The winners in these contests were Aniefiok Dennis, Aniekan Uko, Effiong Bassey, Idongesit Ituan, and Idongesit Ntekpere.