Tension As Amaechi Declares ”Fire For Fire” Ahead  Of Saturday’s Rivers Re-Run

By Ikenga Chronicles December 8, 2016

The immediate past Governor of Rivers State and Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi has on Thursday, December 8 declared fire for fire ahead of Saturday’s legislative re-run election in the state.

Amaechi made this declaration while addressing the All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters during a mega rally in Port Harcourt.

Recall that the Saturday’s re-run elections will hold across three senatorial districts, eight federal constituencies and 10 state constituencies.

The rally witnessed the presence of APC leaders, including Chairman John Oyegun, 12 governors and federal lawmakers.

Speaking further, Amaechi, said, “I used to tell you, ‘please don’t fight’. But I think we will bend it a bit.”

“Don’t kill anybody but don’t be killed. My friend in the army told me if bullet is fired, the person that hears the sound is not the one that dies.”

“If you allow them to shoot you, you will die. It’s not only them that have rights to life.”

Also speaking at Thursday’s APC rally, various leaders of the party charged their followers to confront PDP.

Severally, they said, “if they push you, push them; if they slap you slap them.”

In his remarks, Oyegun reassured APC supporters of “federal might”.

But in a swift reaction, the PDP-controlled Rivers Government slammed APC leaders for inciting violence in the State.

In a statement, the State’s Commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George, blamed “the Minister Amaechi for importing thugs and Boko Haram fighters, disguised as APC supporters, to cause mayhem in Rivers State.”

“Governor Ganduje had charged APC supporters to resort to violence during the re-run elections in Rivers State on Saturday, saying: ‘if they shoot you, take cover and shoot them’.”

“This is a shameful and egregious invitation to violence by the Kano State governor.”

The Commissioner urged the people of Rivers State to resist any acts of electoral fraud by the police, INEC and APC before, during and after the elections on Saturday.

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