The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to immediately list Rotimi Amaechi, Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organization and Minister of Transport, for inciting violence ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The PDP said this in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, in reaction to alleged war songs rendered by Amaechi at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Tuesday.
The opposition party noted that the threat of violence by the APC campaign DG came few days after President Muhammadu Buhari called on his supporters to get ready to fight; as well as the alleged ‘body bag’ threat by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state.
According to the PDP, the comments made by Amaechi and all other members of the APC have exposed the purported plot by the ruling party against the conduct of peaceful elections in Nigeria.
“It is completely reprehensible that Amaechi, who had the privilege of governing Rivers state for eight years, will resort to importation of thugs into the state and inciting violence, just because the people have rejected President Buhari and his party has no candidate in the state for the general elections.
“Nigerians understand Amaechi’s frustration as a salesman of a failed product, which he also attested to in his leaked audio recording, but seeking to vent this frustration on the peace-loving people of Rivers state is totally unacceptable,” the statement read.
It added, “Amaechi should have understood that Nigerians, across the board, have rejected President Buhari and reached a consensus to elect the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as the next President of our country. He should know that no form of intimidation, enticement or blackmail can change that reality.”
The PDP called on Nigerians to hold Amaechi and the APC responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in Rivers State or any other part of our country, before, during and after the elections.