The political rivalry between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and
his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, has come to an end as both entered
into a peace deal, Tuesday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
They were said to have committed themselves to peace ahead rerun
elections in the state, which were once more postponed on Tuesday for
fear of violence.
Police Spokesperson, Donald Awunah, said in a statement Tuesday evening, that the deal was brokered by the Acting Inspector
General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director-General of the
State Security Service, Lawal Daura.
“In a concerted effort to guarantee a violent-free and credible re-run
senatorial/house of representative elections in Rivers state, a
crucial meeting to chart the path to peace in Rivers state before,
during and after the re-run elections in the state was held today,
July 26, 2016 between the Inspector-General of Police, Ag IGP Ibrahim K. Idris and the Director-General of Department of State Services, Musa Daura.
“The two major players in the politic of Rivers state, His Excellency
Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers state and the Hon Minister of
Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, were in attendance.
“The meeting deliberated on the overall need to have peaceful, free
and fair election devoid of violence, which was the hallmark of the
previous elections in the state.
“The Governor, His Excellency Nyesom Wike and Minister, Rotimi Amaechi
resolved to be irrevocably commit to lasting peace and vouched to play
the game by the rules in the forthcoming re-run elections in the state. They also agreed to prevail on their teaming supporters to adhere to their commitment to peace and security in the state.
“In addition, the two major stakeholders agreed to convene another
meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, aimed at further solidifying
the commitment to peace reached in the meeting, which is a prelude to
the roadmap that will usher a permanent and lasting peace in Rivers
“The meeting was held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and
cordiality”, Awunah said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, in statement by its
secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, announced the suspension of the National
Assembly and State Assembly rerun elections earlier slated for July
30, after risk assessments and consultations with security agencies
and relevant bodies.
“The reports of these assessments have been almost unanimous in
concluding that the prevailing security situation in most parts of the
state where elections are to hold are not conducive for peaceful
“In the Commission’s view, the rhetorics of some of the political
actors, the incidence of violence in a number of local government
areas where these elections are scheduled and the atmosphere of fear
and intimidation created present danger in proceeding with elections
as earlier scheduled”, INEC noted.
Earlier, INEC conducted the rerun legislative electors on March 19,
but “regrettably, the elections in all three Senatorial districts and
several other of these constituencies could not be concluded due to
violent disruption of the process which necessitated the suspension of
the exercise in all the senatorial districts and affected
INEC urged continuous efforts by “respected” individuals,
organisations and leaders to douse tension and ensure conducive
atmosphere, adding it has responsibility to ensure safety of
electorate, electoral personnel and observers.
The commission assured “that it is ready to conclude elections in
Rivers State within shortest time possible once security situation is
conducive for the conduct of peaceful polls”, without giving date for