Amaechi Schedules Security Council Meeting Ahead Of Guber Polls
AS tension mounts in Rivers State ahead of next Saturday’s governorship election, an emergency security council meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 to review happenings during the last elections and plan for safe, free, fair and credible elections.
Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, who fixed the meeting has warned those who have made the importation of violence with small arms and light weapons into state a trade, to stand down the weapon or face the full wrath of the law.
The governor in a broadcast said government owes its people a responsibility to protect their lives and property and it
will not relinquish this constitutional obligation.
“Regrettably, we lost a number of our citizens to death as a result of unprovoked attacks. Some of our citizens have also been harassed, kidnapped and thrown into detention on trumped up charges. My sympathy goes out to the families of all those who have lost their lives,” he
And ahead the governorship and State House of Assembly elections, he urged the people have a little time to reflect on the issues
at stake. He said the election must be about Rivers State; about its progress and the prosperity of all who live there and are from there;
about development, good governance, peace and security.
Amaechi emphasized that elections in Rivers State should be about equity and the peaceful co-existence of the people of the state.
He explained that deep down inside everyone, they want a peaceful, transparent, credible and violence-free election, and not a repeat of the violence and electoral fraud that seemingly overwhelmed the land in the last elections.
“As a nation, we have already set a good example for the whole of Africa in showing that we can decide our affairs devoid of rancor and violence. I am therefore confident that as a state, we can follow this trend as we head to the polls on Saturday for the gubernatorial elections.
As a government, we have worked with you to make history in our state. We believe firmly in the resilient power of the people to determine what is best for them. Over the past eight years, we have worked hard to make this possible,” he said.