Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has expressed concern over the recent rerun election in Rivers State, saying if nothing is done fast, it will plunge the country into political crisis, just like it happened in the western region in 1965.
Yakasai who spoke in Kano yesterday called on the Federal Government to intervene so as to stop the spate of killings and political unrest in the oil producing state.
He also warned against imposition of emergency rule in Rivers state for whatsoever reason, urging the presidency to stop the use of security agencies by individuals to impose their will on the masses during elections.
According to him, way back in 1965, “it was a similar trend in the West that people in power at the centre at that time tried to use the power of incumbency to deny the Action Group victory in the West that gradually transcended into killing and mayhem by political opponents. They resorted to killing one another by pouring acid on their political opponents in order to kill or disfigure them.”
He also traced the 1966 coup to the political crises in the West at that time and warned against a replay of such occurrence, pointing out that, “1966 coup was a single act that destroyed political stability of Nigeria and sowed the seed of successive political crises which denied the nation the ability to match forward.”
He recalled that after the 2015 general election in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost power at the centre and gained control of some states in the South-South and South-East, some PDP leaders alleged plot by the All Progressive Congress (APC)-controlled federal government to seize control of the areas where PDP managed to win.