‘Whereabout Of 11 Persons Arrested In Ogu/Bolo Unknown’
The member representing Ogu/Bolo constituency in Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Evans Bapakaye Bipi said military invasion and intimidation were responsible for the voters apathy in the area.
He lamented that after the invasion and arrest of some members of the party on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at midnight, the military and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) also whisked away PDP agents escorting election materials to the INEC office in Ogu, headquarters of Ogu/Bolo local government area, adding that these activities put fear on the electorate and supporters of PDP in the area.
He also expressed worry that the whereabout of over eleven persons arrested is unknown, stressing that the peace loving and law abiding people of the local government would always maintain their peaceful disposition despite provocations.
Bipi who spoke with The Vortex correspondent in Port Harcourt, said the activities of the military during the elections showed that they were on a special mission to deliver a particular political party candidate in defiance to the wish of the people of Ogu/Bolo LGA and Rivers State.
The lawmaker accused some All Progressive Congress (APC) faithful for collaborating with the military to cause crisis by harassing, intimidating and arresting Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the area, describing it as unfortunate and a rape of democracy.
Bipi, who is also the Chief Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly however enjoined the people not to take the laws into their hands and called for the release of those arrested since they did not commit any electoral offence.
He also urged INEC to release the remaining results of the election in Rivers State and called for full investigation to identify those behind these condemnable acts and to bring them to face the full wrath of the law.
Bipi however commended the gallant women of the LGA for coming out to demonstrate against the attempt by men in uniforms to hijack the result sheets after a peaceful poll.