The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the April 11 governorship election in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, has lamented the loss of lives during the last election, saying there was a need to honour those who died.
Dakuku, who spoke Tuesday, lamented that many people died during the exercise due to “wide spread violence”, and that a church service will be held, just as other activities will be organized in their memory.
“We will do our best to honour all those who died in the process of exercising their civic rights. Those people were killed by enemies of the country and the best way through which we can honour them is to ensure that we reclaim the state. We must not be daunted by the activities of the enemies of democracy but should remain firm to our cause. I therefore urge all supporters of good governance to reject violence and toe the path of peace”, he said.
Dakuku also called on law enforcement agencies to work hard and ensure that perpetrators and sponsors of the violence in the state are brought to book.
As part of events to honour the election violence victims, the Rivers State chapter of the APC will hold a special interdenominational worship session in Port Harcourt on Monday, 30th November, 2015.
Chairman of the organising committee, Barrister Fred Igwe, said the event is meant to sustain “the spotlight on the gory killings that bedeviled the sham elections in the state”.
Speaking in the same vein, the APC governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom, Umana Umana, said through their efforts to reclaim “the stolen mandate”, the hopes of those who died due to the violence, will be kept alive.
Umana, therefore, called on the people of the South-South region to be part of the event.
Also speaking, the APC flag bearer in Delta, Otega Emerhor, described the plan to honour the memory of those who died in the election violence as well thought-out, adding that violence will not deter him and others who believe in true democracy.
Emerhor pointed out that lies will never triumph over truth, adding that all those who were cheated in the last general elections will emerge victorious in the long run.