PHALGA Constituency III Bye-election Violence: Rebisi women read riot acts to politicians

More reactions have continued to trail the August 18 Port Harcourt constituency 3 bye-election as women of Rebisi Kingdom on Thursday sent warnings to politicians against the perpetration of violence in the kingdom, saying that they will no longer tolerate such brutish attempt by politicians to grab power.

It would be recalled that the August 18 election was cancelled due to violence and heavy shootings by security forces.

Speaking at the solace gathering, the spokesperson for Rebisi women forum, Jane Amekalagbo, said Rebisi women are tired of the indiscriminate violence being unleashed on innocent citizens while exercising their franchise during elections.

She warned that Rebisi women are ready to take drastic actions if the electoral violence is not stopped, stressing that if the scenario is not checked, it will discourage many from casting their votes during the 2019 general elections.

She called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do the needful and deploy adequate security personnel in the polling units.

“We Rebisi women have gathered and we are saying we don’t want violence again. If it repeats itself again, there is something women do in the community; we will sit on the bare floor with our buttocks.

“What we are saying generally is that we don’t want violence in Rebisi kingdom. We want our elections to be free and fair in Rivers state and Nigeria.

“INEC should be able to have security that will cover the whole units and wards where elections are taking place so as to avoid politicians or anybody bringing in foreign security to snatch ballot box or cause violence in the polling units”

Other respondents who spoke to theportcitynews appealed to all agencies of government and political party leaders
to ensure that elections in the state onward are conducted peacefully, adding that they are tired of hearing gunshots during elections.

They said that if the electoral violence continues, the various constituencies in the state will not have representatives in the local government, state assembly, house of representatives and the Senate.

They also lamented that politicians should stop using innocent youths to cause killings and bloodshed in the state