Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
As politicians trade accusations over the spate of violence and killings in Ogba /Egbema /Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA ) of Rivers State, the Oba of Ogbaland and Paramount ruler of the area, Eze Chukumela Nnam Obi II, has warned that his Kingdom would blacklist any political party found to be fomenting trouble in the area in the forthcoming re-run elections.
Ogbaland has been the theatre of killings and violence where more than 30 persons have been killed, most of them beheaded.
The monarch gave the warning in a statement he issued yesterday after a meeting with traditional rulers, village heads, elite of Ogba, opinion leaders, politicians, religious leaders and security agents in Omoku.
He expressed worry over the killings in his area and called on the people of the area to resist any attempt by desperate politicians to cause confusion during or after the re-run election in the area.
According to the monarch, any person, no matter how highly placed, who decides to foment trouble before, during or after the March 19 election State and National Assembly rerun elections would be dealt with, as nobody was above the law.
He urged politicians to play politics according to its rules ahead of the March 19 State and National Assembly rerun elections.
He also solicited for peaceful, free, fair, and credible Re-run elections and warned against the use of hate-and-abusive languages during campaign instead of issue based.
His words: “Our people should resist any attempt by desperate politicians to cause confusion during or after the forthcoming National and State Assembly rerun elections in Rivers.
“Any person or group that foments trouble during or after the election no matter how highly placed, or connected, will be dealt with accordingly as nobody is above the law of our nation Nigeria.
“Politicians should also play the game according to the rules. Any political party whose members are found causing confusion will be blacklisted in the area while its aspirants will be rejected at the poll by the people.
Obi, a former Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, urged eligible voters in the area to be law abiding and resist any intimidation or inducements while casting their votes.
“INEC officials should guard against hoarding and hijacking of election materials by dubious politicians. My appeal to security personnel being posted to all voting centres is that they should maintain peace and order and exhibit professionalism while discharging their duties,” he said.
While commiserating with the families of those who lost their relatives during the recent killings in the Area, Obi prayed God to give the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the losses.
He also appealed to those who fled their homes because of security because of violence to return home, stating that God has intervened by bringing peace back to the area.