Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, committed themselves to peace in the oil rich state on Tuesday, same day rerun elections in the state were postponed for fear of violence.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, in statement by its secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, announced the suspension of the National Assembly and State Assembly rerun elections earlier slated for July 30, after risk assessments and consultations with security agencies and relevant bodies.
In an effort to guarantee a violent-free and credible Re-run Senatorial/House of Reps elections in Rivers State, a crucial meeting was held on Tuesday between the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, the DG of Department of State Services, Alh. Musa Daura and the two major players in Rivers State politics, Gov. Nyesom Wike and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.
In a statement released by the Nigeria Police Force, the meeting was said to held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cordiality. They deliberated on the overall need to have peaceful, free and fair election devoid of violence in the State.
Wike and Amaechi resolved to be irrevocably committed to lasting peace and vouched to play the game by the rules in the forthcoming re-run elections in the State. They also agreed to prevail on their teaming supporters to adhere to their commitment to peace and security in the State.
In addition, they agreed to convene another meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, aimed at further solidifying their commitment to peace.