The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State has condemned the continued show of disrespect for the law and breach of peace by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state led by its governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, Magnus Abe, Andrew Uchendu and other leaders of the opposition party in the state.
The Rivers PDP was reacting to the ‘Rivers Black Day’ event organized by the APC in commemoration of victims of election violence in the state.
Chairman of PDP in Rivers, Bro. Felix Obuah, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Jerry Needam, said the event was a clear indication of impunity and had the likelihood of causing crisis as well as inciting not only APC members, but the people of the state against the security commands and constituted authorities in the state.
“The PDP is aware that following recent incidences of violence associated with public demonstrations in the State, the Rivers State government, in collaboration with the State security agencies, placed a ban on all forms of public protest, wondering why in spite of the subsisting order, the APC leaders still went ahead to organize such procession in the State. This, to us, is a flagrant disobedience and disregard for the law and State authorities, and should not be taken for granted.
“It is also a cause of concern that the remembrance event is being held this period and on this date, which in no way, was not the date the alleged deaths took place. It is therefore, an undisputed fact that organizers of the event deceitfully dressed up a public procession aimed at causing violence and crisis in Port Harcourt and making cheap political points by blackmailing the PDP and perceived political opponents in the State”, the statement read.
It further called the attention of security agencies and other relevant government authorities to the fact that the Rivers APC “failed” governorship candidate, Mr. Peterside, was always being referred to as “the Governor” by speakers at the event, which was televised live on the NTA network during the session.
“To us, this is a treasonable offense and should be investigated and those culpable be arrested and prosecuted accordingly”, the Rivers PDP stated.