The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded the immediate resignation of Chief Nyesom Wike as governor of
Rivers State. The party made the demand in a statement issued to mark the Black Monday organised by a coalition led by the party’s governorship
candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, to honour over 100 party members in the state allegedly killed in the course of the campaigns and the 2015 elections held on March 28 and April 11.
“We demand the immediate resignation and prosecution of Chief Nyesom Wike not only because of these deaths but also for showing no sign of
repentance over these deaths by authorising further attack on innocent APC supporters on their way to the Black Day rally and burning of 10
supporters’ buses. Apart from these heinous acts, Wike has demonstrated naivety and lack of understanding of what governance is all about,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said in the statement issued in Port Harcourt.
Rivers APC claimed that over 60 of its supporters from Omuma, Etche, Eleme, Degema, Gokana Asari-Toru and Akuku-Toru local government areas
escaped death when PDP gunmen allegedly attacked the buses conveying them to the venue of the rally at the Polo Club, Evo Road, GRA, Port Harcourt, the state capital with ten buses burnt.
The party hailed party faithful for ensuring that “against all odds, evil machinations, threats and intimidation by the criminal wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State threatening brimstone and further killing should the Rivers State people go ahead with the Black Monday procession arranged to mourn the over 100 Rivers APC members killed by PDP in order to install Chief Nyesom Wike as Rivers State governor. The Dakuku-led Rivers Coalition Group received massive support as it went ahead to hold a very successful procession in honour of these martyrs of our democracy.”
Rivers APC announced its decision “to make the Black Monday an annual event to be used to remember all those killed by the mindless agents
of darkness currently ruining the economy of our state as they have made kidnapping, armed robbery, criminality, sacking of innocent Rivers people from their places of work policies of government.
“We will like to reassure those murdered by Wike and his group that we will not rest until these wicked people are flushed out from brick House. We congratulate our leader, Dr Dakuku Peterside, and all those that made the maiden Black Monday possible, even as we commend the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, for ensuring a peaceful procession contrary to what Wike and his cohorts envisaged for the state this Monday,” the statement said.
The party listed those allegedly killed in the aftermath of the April election to Cyracus Wobodo; Christopher Adube, a former Caretaker
Committee Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area; his two sons – Lucky and John Adube; his brother, Iyke Ogarabe and his driver,
Samuel Chukwunonye, Hope Allison, Sampson Oreke, George Eweh, Nwabueze Robinson, Clever Orukwowu, Miss Ada Wele, Saturday Lekia,
Divine Dimkpa, Chima Uchendu, Ezekiel Thompson, Emenike Obulor, Daniel Okiridu, Paul Adube, Sampson Okike, Aduche Odinionwu, Chukwuebuka
Mbamalu, Beatrice Ledum Deadum and Precious Dimari Pepple amongst others.