By Ali Abare Abubakar
A group, Elite Youths Support and Development Initiative (EYSDI) has called on Nigerians and the world at large to hold Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and the All Progressives Congress (APC) responsible for any post 2015 election violence.
EYSDI made the call in a statement signed by the duo of Barristers Tokunbo Olu and Smart Fred, president and secretary respectively and issued to journalists in Abuja yesterday.
According to the group, the call became necessary following statements made by both Governor Amaechi and the APC national chairman, Odigie Oyegun, during the APC salvation rally in Abuja, where Governor Amaechi was alleged to have said “What is the essence of going to court when the Federal Government doesn’t obey the law? That’s why the APC say we won’t go to the court any longer. If you rig us out, we would rig ourselves in; we will form our own government. We have met on that and we have agreed on that. We will install our own government and there would be two governments.”
Similarly, the group further alleged, at the party mega rally for the re-election of its governorship candidate in Osun at the Osogbo Township Stadium in Osogbo, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said, “the battle line has already been drawn. The APC will no longer accept any stolen mandate. We shall not recognize any government that emerges through rigging in February 2015.”
“The APC will set up a new government, which will be a peoples government if the PDP rigs the 2015 Presidential election”
Part of the statement issued by EYSDI reads:
“Those who doubt Governor Amaechi’s proclivity for actions that could threaten peace should recall the recent threat by Amaechi to lawyers in Port Harcourt to the effect that he would provide black suits to thugs disguised as lawyers to beat up lawyers if they dared to go to the street to protest the long closure of the courts in Port Harcourt.
“Equally significant is that the APC leaders’ statements were made after the salvation rally the main highlight of which was a most unruly blockade of the entrance of the police head quarters for hours.
“Nigerians recall with sadness that before the 2011 elections, certain persons close to the APC leadership had similarly threatened to make the country ungovernable and we are all witnesses of the level of violence that ensued. Indeed, only a few are able to distinguish between the violence that followed these threats and the Boko Haram insurgency.
“With such sense of Déjà vu, we urge all Nigerians to hold Amaechi who had already stated his desire to run and relocate abroad after the election, where he claimed several embassies have already given him forms for grant of residency in their respective countries and his APC counterparts responsible for any possible future violence incited by their statements”.