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APC, PDP Trade Blame over Port Harcourt Shooting

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IMAGE: Chief Nyesom Wike, Minister of State for Education »


The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State are accusing each other of being responsible for Wednesday’s shooting incident at Rumueprikom, home of the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, that left at least eight people injured.

Addressing journalists yesterday, the APC said the PDP was provoking violence in Rivers State.
The state APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, blamed the supporters of the PDP for orchestrating the crisis stressing that the PDP was over stretching the patience of the APC in the state.

According to Ikanya, the event of Wednesday was only one out of many of such attacks the PDP had carried out against the APC in recent times.

“You are aware that we have been suffering a lot of attacks from the PDP in Rivers State. Just on Sunday the PDP went to Akukutoru and destroyed the local government party secretariat of the APC, they didn’t stop there, they went to all the ward secretariats and destroyed them,” he alleged.

But the PDP has said  Amaechi should be blamed for the crisis. In a statement issued on behalf of the state Chairman of PDP, Felix Obuah, by his media aide, Mr. Jerry Needam, the party said the incident was “a seeming declaration of war on the people of the state by Amaechi.”

Obuah said: “The PDP has been vindicated for raising alarm ab initio that Governor Amaechi only wanted to use his ‘Meet The People’ tour to ignite political crisis in the state which explains why he ignored all wise counsel including the state Police Commissioner’s warning against continuing with the campaign.”

According to Obuah, “As though it does not matter whether the state is on fire or whether the people are being killed, the PDP notes,  Amaechi’s wife, was in Tai Local Government Area despite the crisis, campaigning for the APC.”

“Worse still, the party further notes, just a few hours after his Caretaker Committee Chairman for Port Harcourt City Council, Charles Paul Ejekwu, collapsed and died under mysterious circumstance, Amaechi jetted out of the State for project commissiosning spree in far away Sokoto State.

“We condemn this unconcerned attitude and utter disregard for the people’s lives by Amaechi and enjoin all Rivers people to be wise and stop being lured into Governor Amaechi’s snares in the name of politics.”

While calling on security agencies to investigate the incident “thoroughly”, the PDP said it was most unfortunate that a royal father who was supposed to be a custodian of law and order in his domain could “become so  partisan to the extent that he could shoot his own son.”

Another statement signed by the Director of Administration of the state PDP, Mr. Emeka Woke, said, “In Obio/Akpor local government area, for instance, where Amaechi’s chief of staff, Tony Okocha comes from, the people of the area openly rejected the tour not just because of its unpopularity but because the content of the tour is laden with elements of political campaigns against the provision of the electoral act.

“More so, we gathered that the tour was merely a window dressing aimed at brainwashing the public on non-existing projects.

“This also explains why the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, warned Amaechi and his APC that it was illegal for any political party to commence campaigns when INEC was yet to lift the ban on campaigns.”

The statement added that despite this clear warning, Governor Amaechi has been neck deep in campaigns contrary to the dictate of the electoral body, adding that this again showed the impunity that the Amaechi government has been known for.

“Is it then a surprise that he was pelted with pure water sachets in some parts of the state recently?” he queried.

The statement expressed concern that only last week, no fewer than 18 people were killed at separate flash points in cult clashes “involving youths who are allegedly armed by the APC government in the state.

“We had enjoyed a relative peace in the past, why are we now experiencing another season of blood-letting even as we approach a major election in the state?” the statement noted.

“We want to call on the Rivers State Police Command to thoroughly investigate the reason behind the shooting by the monarch in which many people were injured, leading to the destruction of property at Rumueprikom and other adjoining communities.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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