The APC Says PDP is dead in the state
The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday accused the Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, of disrupting the former’s membership registration.
APC membership registration began nationwide on Wednesday. The exercise took place in the 4,442 political units in the Rivers State.
In a statement by Chukwuemeka Eze, media aide to the interim Chairman of the APC in the state, the party expressed regrets that the GDI, the political machinery of the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, made good its threat to disrupt the exercise in some of the units.
Mr. Wike is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
It claimed the plot to disrupt the exercise was hatched during a meeting held in the house of a GDI chieftain in Obio Akpor LGA, Timothy Nsirim, during which members of the group as well as the leaders of the PDP were directed to ensure that the centres were attacked.
It said the GDI and PDP members were assured that the police had been fully briefed and would not intervene.
“When we first got intelligence reports on the planned attacks, we initially did not attach much importance to it, but we were proved wrong when some of our registration officers and innocent citizens of Rivers State who turned up to be registered by APC as the exercise took off today were attacked by thugs hired by PDP and GDI,” the APC said.
“To our shock, our Registration Units in Tombia, old Bakana all in Kalabari axis of the State and Woji Ward 6 in Obio-Akpor LGA the Local Government Area of Chief Nyesom Wike were all attacked.
“Our Degema LGA Supervisory Committee Chairman for the Registration exercise and former Chairman Rivers State Civil Service Commission, Mr. Ben Orugbani escaped death when his house was shattered with bullets in the old Bakana just for accepting to ensure that this type of politics of odium and violence is stopped in Rivers State,” it added.
The APC called on the people of Rivers State not to be intimidated as they had the right to register and freely associate with any political party of their choice, including the party, which is ruling the state.
It also directed its registration officers to carry on with the exercise without fear just as it asked the police to protect the officers and the innocent citizens who wished to register with the party “from the hands of these hoodlums who think that politics is all about violence and intimidation.”
The party also warned the GDI and PDP “to have a rethink and avoid pushing us to the wall as nobody or group has the monopoly of violence.”
Repeated calls by PREMIUM TIMES to the mobile telephone number of a GDI official, Sam Nwanosike were not picked.
The PDP chairman, Felix Obuah told PREMIUM TIMES on phone that he was outside the country and could not speak.
Meanwhile, the APC State Interim Chairman, Davies Ikanya, has expressed happiness with the huge turnout of the party members for thevexercise.
Mr. Ikanya, who monitored the exercise in Port Harcourt, Obio-Akpor, Eleme and Ikwerre LGAs, said with the turnout the PDP was dead in the state.
He assured the people that the revolution began by the state governor, Chubuike Amaechi would be sustained even after he left office.
“With what I saw today, PDP is truly dead in Rivers State. The revolution started by Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in Rivers State will surely be sustained even after he leaves office in 2015 by the APC Administration,” he said.