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Political parties in Rivers urged to honour peace accords

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By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT— Governorship candidates of the various political parties in Rivers State have been enjoined to be committed to the peace accords they signed to shun violence before and after the general elections in the state.

Briefing newsmen yesterday in Port Harcourt, under the aegis of Rivers state Conflict Management Alliance, SCMA, its coordinator, Dr Fidelis Allen, flayed the recent political crisis in Okrika Local Government Area of the state, where thugs disrupted a rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with explosives and other lethal weapons.

Appealing to the political parties to honour the agreements signed by their leaders on promotion of peace, Allen called on security agencies in the state to unmask those behind the violence and ensure they were made to face the law.

He said: “We join the people of Rivers State, Nigerians and the International community to call on security agencies to investigate the matter and ensure that perpetrators of violence are prosecuted.”

The group urged government and security agencies to avoid a repeat of the recent incident in the state, stressing that there were early warning on the likely outbreak of political violence in Okrika that should have made all stakeholders to be proactive.

Allen appealed to government, security agencies and all political parties to repair the already battered psyche of voters, adding that many voters were already afraid of coming out to perform their civic duties on the days of the elections.

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