Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has said that all those involved in the brutal killing of supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state during the electioneering period will face the full weight of the law.
He gave the assurance on Tuesday when he paid a condolence visit on the families of late Chief Christopher Adube in Obirikom, Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni local government area of the state.
Adube, alongside three of his children, his yonger brother, lyke Ikechukwu and his two gatemen were shot dead last Friday in his Obrikom residence while his two other children, who sustained gunshot injuries, are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
Amaechi assured the bereaved family that his administration will fish out the killers and prosecute them accordingly.
He said, “All those responsible for this bloody act will pay for it. This kind of killing of APC supporters has gone beyond political violence. Why should politicians go beyond politicking and try to take any body’s life? They will pay for this, I promise to fish out the culprits”.
Earlier, on his door to door sensitization tour to wards in Khana local government area, Amaechi assured that votes for the April 11 governorship elections in the state will count at every polling unit.
While addressing crowds of APC supporters in Bani, Bean Ken-Khana, Kaani-babee, Nwiyakara, Kono-Boue, Uegwere-Boue, Zaakpor, Kaani and Opu-oko communities, the governor decried the electoral fraud and rigging of the last Presidential election results by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and warned that any criminally minded person who attempts to deprive Rivers people from exercising their legitimate franchise this Saturday, will be made to face the full weight of the law.
According to him, “We are all eye witnesses to what happened during the last presidential election where the Peoples Democratic Party carried out electoral fraud with INEC officers and the Police. But now, the police or the military will not harass you again. I came to thank you all for refusing to vote without result sheets last Saturday (28th March).
“I called one of my friends in the Army and cautioned him about the last election and the victory of Buhari, he told me on phone that, ‘Sir, Parade has changed gear’. What it means is that, supporters of APC will no longer be molested and harassed by the Police or the Military.
“Everybody can come out and exercise their franchise. Ensure that, your party agents are at every polling unit, at least 50 persons per unit, wait after accreditation and voting before allowing the party agents to follow the results to the collection centres. Our votes for the guber election will count at the polling units and recorded in the result sheets”.