It also urged the president to order an investigation into the alleged intimidation of its witnesses at the state governorship elections petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.
The Rivers APC chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday, lamented that the current administration in the state by Chief Nyesom Wike, had not been able to probe the killings linked to the last election.
“His (Wike) government has not made any effort at bringing the perpetrators of these horrid crimes to book, perhaps because of the alleged involvement of his core supporters in those cold-blooded murders.
“In the light of the above, we are very disturbed by the persistent threats to the lives of our witnesses. Photos of the APC witnesses were posted on Facebook by a group known as The Youth Coalition for Good Governance.
“They held a demonstration and tagged our witnesses with all sorts of unprintable names and accused them of being saboteurs. Today, these men live in hiding and can no longer do their businesses freely to sustain their families”, the party said.
The Rivers APC recalled that a petition had already been sent to President Buhari and security agencies on the murder of 97 persons in the state by a group known as the Greater Together Organisation.
The statement noted that the petition captured the threat and current insecurity in Rivers and the lukewarm attitude of the governor over this sad situation.
“It is a cause for concern that in spite of local and international condemnations that followed the violence-ridden elections in Rivers State held on 28th March and 11th April, the security agencies are not known to have investigated, arrested or prosecuted anyone for the murder and arson unleashed on innocent Nigerians, whose only offence was to belong to and support a political party of their choice, as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
“However, on assumption of office, Chief Nyesom Wike procured a court judgment barring the constituted Chidi Odinkalu Commission of Inquiry. This desperate action by Chief Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party denied the people justice”, Rivers APC said.
It stated that Odinkalu Commission had earlier unraveled 97 cases of murder, 278 incidents of persons with bodily harms, 83 cases of total destruction of properties.
It, however, appealed to President Buhari to hasten to make good his promise to Rivers people on 13th May, 2015, when he vowed to revisit the issue.
The party also expressed the need for the Prof. Odinkalu Commission of Inquiry report to be revisited urgently, even as it urged security agencies to take measures to guarantee the safety of the witnesses testifying at the various elections petition tribunals.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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