Rivers: Many would have died if Supreme Court ordered re-run poll – Ateke Tom
Chief Ateke Tom, leader of the defunct Niger Delta
Vigilante, NDV, has declared that Wednesday’s
Supreme Court ruling, which affirmed the election of
Nyesom Wike as Rivers State Governor, has averted
blood bath in the state.
Ateke told newsmen at his Okrika home on Friday that
Rivers would have witnessed more crises in a rerun of
the governorship poll.
He called for reconciliation between Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, candidate of the All Progressives Congress,
APC, and Governor Wike, saying such had become
imperative in order to move the state forward.
“Wike and Dakuku should reconcile. If you look at me,
you will noticed that I have reduced weight because I
was thinking about the election,” the ex-warlord said.
the Supreme Court ruling has averted it.
“Even before the the judgment, some persons were
attacking people, rapping peoples wives, killing youths.
“Anybody that is Wike’s supporter was attacked. They
killed a lot of people during their raid.
“The ruling, to be frank, has saved many people lives
because we don’t know what would have happened.”
On renewed attack on oil installations, Ateke warned
those planning or carrying out such to stop because, “it
is an economic sabotage; I am not in support of that.”
“Cultism is an off shot of bad politicians in different
localities; they are the one who gave the youths arms.”