APC Drags Patience Jonathan To International Criminal Court

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The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign
Organisation (APCPCO) has made a formal complaint
against Mrs. Patience Jonathan, wife of Nigeria’s
president, who during a rally in Calabar, Cross River
State last week, called on PDP supporters to “stone”
anyone who came to the state chanting change.
The letter of complaint signed by Rivers State
Governor and Director General of APCPCO, Rt. Hon
Rotimi Amaechi, will today (Monday 9th, March) be
dispatched to the International Criminal Court (ICC),
the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police (IG) and the
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), among
others.
According to Governor Amaechi, ” Change, as the
entire country must know by now, is the slogan of the
APC – the rallying cry of a political party that wishes
to bring hope of greater and better things to come for
Nigeria and Nigerians. By her statement, Mrs.
Jonathan was clearly calling on PDP supporters in
Calabar to attack supporters and campaigners of the
APC in the state.”
The APCPCO likened some of Mrs. Jonathan’s inciting
statements and conduct during this political campaign
season, to those of Mrs Simone Gbagbo, wife of the
former president of Cote D’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo,
prior to that country’s 2010 election. The ICC indicted
Mrs. Gbagbo for her part in planning to perpetrate
brutal attacks – including murder, rape, and sexual
violence, on her husband’s political opponents in the
wake of the 2010 election.
Mrs. Jonathan does not occupy any formal office in
the Nigerian government, as the position of First Lady
is not recognized by the Nigerian constitution. But
Mrs. Gbagbo’s case shows the ICC’s awareness of
how someone beyond formal governmental and
military hierarchies can be identified as responsible for
serious international crimes.
The APCPCO pointed out that Mrs. Jonathan’s
incontrovertible hate speech not only contravenes the
laws of the land, but also goes completely against the
Abuja Peace Accord jointly signed by the two
presidential candidates, General Muhammadu Buhari
and President Goodluck Jonathan – a gesture which is
aimed at forestalling violence before, during and after
the 2015 elections.
“PDP supporters in the state who may not know better
could easily yield themselves to the First Lady’s
admonition and embark on a process of wanton
stoning and other attacks against APC members,”
Governor Amaechi said.
The APCPCO also called on the Nigeria Police to put in
place emergency measures to protect the life and
property of APC members in Calabar and the entire
Cross River State.

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