Rivers Re-Run: Lagos Lawmaker Urges Politicians To Embrace Peace


By Dipo Awojobi – A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Hon. Victor Akande on Friday appealed to politicians in Rivers to remember poor masses and prevent violence on Saturday’s legislative rerun elections in the state.

Akande, who is representing Ojo 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly made the plea in Lagos, while reacting to the threats of violence by gladiators from the PDP and the All Progressives  Congress (APC).

“It is sad that our political atmosphere is still bedeviled with this kind of situation that politicians threaten violence. Everyone knows that Rivers State is a PDP State.

“They (politicians) should do everything with  decorum, they should remember that where two elephants fight, the grass would suffer.

“The people and politicians in Rivers should remember that blood of any human being does not worth the ambition of any person,” the lawmaker said.

Akande, who noted that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was in charge, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a free and fair election.

The lawmaker said that peaceful conduct of the elections was important to give the residents ggood representation at both the state and federal parliaments.

It will be recalled that the rerun was sequel to the nullification of the elections of some senators, members of the House of Representatives and the state House of Assembly in the 2015 general elections in Rivers by courts of law.

INEC had organised a rerun on March 19, but the polls were cancelled in six local government areas over violence and irregularities.

The inconclusive elections, which were subsequently rescheduled for July 30, were equally  postponed over tension before they were fixed for December 10.


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