John Odigie-Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday, encouraged members of his party to retaliate whatever action they get from loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during Saturday’s senatorial rerun election in Rivers.
Chief Oyegun, speaking during a mega rally of the party in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, particularly said: “If they slap you, slap them back.”
Oyegun expressed satisfaction with the turnout at the rally and urged the people to head to the polling units in droves on Saturday.
“I am very pleased with the turnout here today. It shows you are truly ready. As you can see, we came in force. The whole federal might is here. You have the governors of this nation here today,” he said.
“We are sending one message, and that message is clear. It is that we respect you the people of Rivers state. We respect the courage of our members in this state. We want to let you know that we have heard your cry; we have seen your anguish; enough is enough. This is the beginning of a rescue mission.
“I was here during the time of our beautiful governor, Rotimi Amaechi. He drove me around Port Harcourt; we strolled in the city, but can you do so today? We now have a blood-thirsty regime in Rivers state.”
The former Edo state governor described Saturday’s rerun election as the beginning of a rescue mission and encouraged the people not to be intimidated.
“I am glad about what I am hearing here today; very glad. If they push you, push them back. If they slap you, slap them back,” he said.
“We cannot allow them. The APC came on a rescue mission, unfortunately, they are fighting back, the same way they have always done. Are you going to allow them? It is within your powers to return the members of the house of assembly.
“Return the members of the house of representatives and senators because we need them. When you do that, it will be the beginning of the end.
“Go and cast your vote, and if they snatch the result sheet, give me the answer.” he added.
The crowd responded: “Snatch it back.”