Military presence made election in Rivers peaceful – Amaechi
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Military presence made election in Rivers peaceful – Amaechi

Mojeed Oladipupo




The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has described the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in River State as relatively peaceful.

The former Rivers governor said his assertion was predicated on the fact that there had been no record of violence compared to what was witnessed in previous elections in the State.

He stated this shortly after casting his vote in his country home, Ubima, Ward 8, Unit 14, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State.

Commending the Police, the Military and other security agencies for keeping the peace, the leader of the All Progressive Congress in the state said so far he has not heard of any shootings and killings.

“We are completely happy that the Army and the Police are everywhere maintaining the peace. We have held elections in Rivers State where over fifteen to twenty persons were killed but this is the only election that has recorded peace and it is because of the presence of the Military,” he said.

While noting that the militants have fled because of the presence of the Military, he said the people voted peacefully.

“And you know, one thing about the Soldiers is that they are apolitical, they are neither supporting APC nor AAC or PDP. What they are doing is to maintain peace and ensure that nobody disrupts the process. I think we will prefer to have this kind of election where everybody is having peace,” Amaechi explained.

Mojeed is a thoroughbred and detailed photojournalist and media analyst. He is a graduate of Mass Communications from Lagos State University, LASU

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  1. Rosebud

    March 10, 2019 at 7:50 am

    The military has no business with civilian affairs and conduct. Deploying them on our streets during the course of a democratic process is nothing short of intimidation and a soft coup.

    The military has no business on our streets during the conduct of elections and Rotimi Amaechi knows this fully well.

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