*Says Okrika is free for any political party for campaign
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Former leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV), High Chief Ateke Tom, has called for a non-violent and transparent National and State Assemblies rerun elections in Rivers State.
Ateke sued for peaceful rerun elections yesterday, while briefing journalists in his country home, Okochiri, in Okrika Local Government Area of the State.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had fixed December 10, this year, to complete the suspended legislative rerun elections in the state.
He called for a peaceful election, regretting that the state has lost its position at the national level for a long time.
Ateke, who thanked INEC for the rescheduled election urged the people of the state to use the opportunity to produce their good representation at the National Assembly.
Ateke said: “I urge Rivers people to come out in peace and vote on the day of the election. I encourage them to do the election without violence.
“Vote any party of your choice on the day of election and do not cause violence because after the election we will still be Rivers people.”
“Before PDP or APC, we were Rivers people. And we should and make the rerun elections peaceful. I thank INEC for fixing the elections. Everybody should be free to go out and vote his or her choice”.
On the issue of campaign, Ateke urged political parties to go about their campaigns without fear of attacks, adding “If any political party wants to campaign in my bedroom come I will give you my key.”
He advised both the Federal and State governments to ensure the forthcoming rerun elections were hitch-free.