One Year After RIVERS BLACK DAY, APC Re-Dedicate Event To The Memories Of The Dead

The All Progressive Congress (APC) Enugu State Chapter, has faulted the purported suspension of Chief Anike Nwoga, the Vice Chairman of APC, Enugu East Senatorial Zone, describing it as an action taken “in utter disregard and at variance with the constitution and tradition of our great party.” In a statement by Mrs. Kate Ofor, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Enugu State, the Party observed that the said suspension was at variance with Article 2 Subsection I, and Section VI Section C of its constitution. Ofor insisted that since the said provisions were not adhered to, the party “takes objection with the action of those who head to the media with the slightest disagreement or provocation, their failure to abide by the tenets of the constitution of our great party which is quoted above is objectionable.” The statement noted that “recently, the footprints of PDP are being spotted in the way and manner some of our members are tainting the image of the Party in the Public Domain, accordingly those agents of the PDP should be courageous enough to leave us in peace. “We are at a loss where Chief Anike Nwoga one of the few founding members of our great party who from the scratch has remained in the opposition can today be smeared with unfounded anti-party activity tag. “The APC Chieftain in question, Chief Anike Nwoga has already contacted the State Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye who is believed will summon a meeting of the State working committee to redress the obnoxious act. “It sounds irresponsible and irreconcilable for Enugu East APC to set up a three man committee to investigate Chief Nwoga after they had suspended him. “Our great Party APC makes room for fair hearing, which is the bedrock of the rule of law, before sanctions of any description. It sounds strange that Enugu East APC took a reverse step. “Their action of putting the cat before the horse exposed their flanks as PDP Agents. Our understanding of Chief Anike’s offense is the statement he made on the 6th of May on Independent Newspaper Page 4, to the effect that APC will win in Enugu State and take over the governance by 2019. It goes with the old saying that the witch cried at night and the child died in the morning.”

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC said it is exactly one year since the party and other stakeholders held the Rivers Black Day march in honour of all those who were killed before, during and after the 2015 general elections in Rivers State.

The party in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Senibo Chris Finbone recalled that “the APC lost well over a hundred persons to the political violence that preceded and trailed that election and the killings have continued apace ever since.

Security agents also lost their officers and men in the process; same for innocent non-partisans who also were killed mainly as collateral damage.

Even after the general elections and the Rivers Black Day march that took place in Port Harcourt Monday, 30th November, 2015 and to this day, more lives have been needlessly terminated on account of political violence. One among the many lives that have been snuffed out includes late Barr. Ken Atsuwete.”

It said, “The APC dedicates Rivers Black Day anniversary to the memory of all persons including security agents and non-partisans who lost their lives before, during and to this day due to the peculiarly violent politics some politicians introduced into the body polity of Rivers State because of their burning inordinate ambition to rule over others and corner the peoples’ commonwealth.

It is the fervent hope and prayer of the APC that by consciously keeping alive our memories of all victims of violent politics in Rivers State, the party is ensuring that those victims who paid the ultimate price did not do so in vain.

More importantly, the APC believes that honouring the dead will go a long way in putting a closure to the pains and anguish of fathers, mothers and relations who lost their loved ones to political and other forms of violence in Rivers State in the recent past.”

Continuing, the party said, “As Rivers Black Day march clocks a year, the APC notes with sadness that the agents of darkness who created the now infamous Rivers of Blood, who are however battling to live in denial, are still around and continue to ply their evil trade even after climbing on dead bodies to appropriate political power.”

The APC called on the federal government to ensure that even as the rerun elections take place in Rivers State on December 10, those agents of death who kill and maim for politics have no room to operate but made to pay for their crimes adequately and ultimately.

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