Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and minister of transport Chibuike Amaechi have agreed to sheathe their swords and to let peace reign in order to guarantee a violent-free and credible re-run senatorial/House of Representative elections in their state.
This agreement was reached yesterday during a crucial meeting to chart the path to peace in the state before, during and after the re-run elections held between the Inspector-General of Police, Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Director-General of Department of State Services, DSS, Alhaji. Musa Daura and the two major players in the politics of Rivers State.
The meeting deliberated on the overall need to have peaceful, free and fair election devoid of violence which was the hallmark of the previous elections in the state.
At the meeting, governor Nyesom Wike and minister Rotimi Amaechi resolved to be irrevocably committed to lasting peace and vouched to play the game by the rules in the forthcoming re-run elections in the state.
They also agreed to prevail on their teaming supporters to adhere to their commitment to peace and security in the state.
In addition, the two major stakeholders also agreed to convene another meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, aimed at further solidifying the commitment to peace reached in the meeting, which is a prelude to the roadmap that will usher a permanent and lasting peace in Rivers state.
According to police spokesman Donald Awunah:“The meeting was held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cordiality.”
Wike and Amaechi have one of the bitterest rivalries in Nigerian politics, with each publicly accusing the other of corruption and violence on numerous occasions