Saturday’s Rivers State rerun election may not be peaceful after all, if a statement by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is anything to go by.
According to the former governor, APC supporters must wake up to the challenge and confront whoever confronts them during the election, describing the Saturday’s election as “the election of our lives.”
Addressing a campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Port Harcourt on Thursday, Amaechi said, “I think we will bend it a bit…” The Minister, who called on people of the state to defend their vote during the election said, “If anybody takes the result sheet, take it back from him.”
He said, “This is what we call the election of our lives. Before I used to tell you, ‘Please don’t fight’. Is that not what I used to tell you?. “But I think we will bend it a bit… I don’t want my church to stop me from taking Holy Communion. So, what I will tell you is don’t kill anybody, but do not be killed.
“Now let me explain why I said that. My friend in the army said if you hear the sound of a gun, it’s not meant for you. The implication therefore is that if you allow them shoot you, you will die. So, don’t allow them. “It is not they alone who have the right to life; you also have a right to life. I don’t want to hear ‘They shot me and took the result sheet’. If anybody takes the result sheet, take it back from him. You know I have never spoken like this before.
“The only time you can call me is after 6pm, and that is to tell me how we won.”