My name is Augustine Onyekachi Wokocha. I am a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State. Before now, I have served in various capacities, first as a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly and later as Commissioner for Power for nearly eight years. During my years as a parliamentarian and public officer, I have never been associated with politics of violence and I call on any concerned member of the public either in the state or outside to check the records.
Since I decided to join APC in 2013, there have been several attacks on my person and my community by those who have other political persuasions. In their desperation to prove their supremacy, they recruited boys who allegedly committed several murders of many APC members, including Chief C. Adube and six members of his household, Chief G. Ahiaidu, Mr. Clever Orukwowu (APC LGA Youth Leader), Franklin Obi (APC Ward 4 Chairman), his pregnant wife and teenage son, Nwachukwu Levi Orekegba, who is from my community, Okposi, among so many others and made my Local Area (ONELGA) ungovernable for us. Many homes that were burnt are still deserted till date. Many of my kinsmen who fled for fear of these evil men are still living as refugees in other parts of the state or outside. At the last count, we had lost more than two hundred party members. Today, the same people who are disturbing the peace in the community and who were alleged to have masterminded some of the high profile killings are now enjoying amnesty from the Peoples Democratic Party-led state government. The story I have told is in the public domain for anyone to verify.
It is, therefore, condemnable that these same characters extended their dastardly acts to the law enforcement agents who came to maintain peace during the December 10 legislative re-run elections in Rivers State. What I find most shocking and amazing, however, in this sad, most regrettable and ignoble act and situation, is the determination of the leadership of the mischief makers to ensure that this 'one killing too many' on the 10th of December 2016 of our dear lawmen be credited to my person.
Let me say without equivocation that there is no iota of truth in this fabricated allegation. On the said election day, I was one person who conducted myself peacefully throughout the exercise against all provocation. I urge the law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate this allegation to ensure that the truth is laid bare.
I have chosen the path of rectitude from birth, in defense of my responsible pedigree. Those who have chosen the path of crime and infamy must have the courage to stand and own up to their acts. Cowardice is a horrible vice to add to vicious criminality.
This campaign of calumny has failed like those before it.
SIR AUGUSTINE ONYEKACHI WOKOCHA