APC Takes Patience Jonathan To ICC Over Hate Speech

    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 on Monday, 9 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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